reviewers for Tara Ison's newest novel THE LIST (Scribner)
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Scribner is releasing Tara Ison's 2nd novel, The List, in March. If anyone is interested in reviewing the novel on their blog or elsewhere, please drop me a line at email@example.com. I'd be happy to mail you a galley copy immediately. I've posted some information about the novel below. Many thanks!
*For anyone who has ever broken up with someone...a smart, sophisticated, and darkly comic novel about a dysfunctional couple who make a list of 10 things to do before they break up.*
Isabel is finishing medical school and destined to become a brilliant heart surgeon. Al is a video store clerk, a one-hit-wonder director whose first and only film became a cult classic. They have a sisyphean relationship - endlessly coming together and breaking up until they decide to make a list of 10 things they want to do together before they really break up. But after a few perfect dates - clams on the Santa Monica Pier, sleeping under the stars on the roof of a Sunset Boulevard hotel - the list takes a dark turn, and their plan spirals out of control, until they realize they would rather destroy each other than let go....
"The List is both wise and wicked about love: why it lasts or doesn't, and what's to be done about it. Tara Ison limns her characters' choices with dark precision and wit."- Meg Wolitzer, author of The Position and The Wife
" The List is visceral, honest, and intensely readable; Ison builds two complex, memorable characters, and then embraces their layers and contradictions, both alone and together." - Aimee Bender, author of The Girl in the Flammable Skirt, Willful Creatures
"The List is one fast-paced, word-drunk, film-obsessed, side-splitting roller-coaster: a screwball comedy, an anti-romance romance, the quintessential LA novel. Ison is some kind of genius." - Brad Kessler, author of Birds in Fall