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Paradise Park, Allegra Goodman

Abandoned by her folk-dancing partner, Gary, in a Honolulu hotel room, Sharon realizes she could return to Boston--and her estranged family--or listen to that little voice inside herself. The voice that asks: “How come Gary got to pursue his causes, while all I got to pursue was him?” Thus, with an open heart, a soul on fire, and her meager possessions (a guitar, two Indian gauze skirts, a macramé bikini, and her grandfather’s silver watch) Sharon begins her own spiritual quest. Ever the optimist, she is sure at each stage that she has struck it rich “spiritually speaking”--until she comes up empty. Then, in a karmic convergence of events, Sharon starts on the path home to Judaism. Still, even as she embraces her tradition, Sharon’s irrepressible self tugs at her sleeve. Especially when she meets Mikhail, falls truly in love at last, and discovers what even she could not imagine--her destiny.

For more about Paradise Park, please visit the author's website: www.AllegraGoodman.com

Praise for Paradise Park:

“Like Saul Bellow and Philip Roth before her, Goodman has achieved a breakthrough book [and] a thoroughly uninhibited narrative voice.”Time 

“[A] heroine so endearing, so exuberant, so earnest, so amusing, so confused, you gotta love her.”— USA Today

“In Allegra Goodman’s ebullient, bittersweet, plaintive Song of Sharon, the heroine’s true achievement is finding poetry in…becoming who she’s been all along.”— New York Times Book Review

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