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Certain Girls

By Jennifer Weiner

Certain Girls
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  • Published in USA  Apr 2008,
    400 pages.

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"My mother," Joy Shapiro Krushelevansky writes in her diary late one night, "is the most embarrassing person to have ever been born." It's been almost thirteen years since we've last seen Cannie Shapiro, the heroine of Good in Bed, whose journey toward happily-ever-after, and peace with her fractured family and plus-size body, made millions of women the world over laugh, cry, and see themselves on the page.

The last decade of Cannie's life has brought some surprises. Her life story, in fictional form, became an unexpected best-seller, and Cannie has since chosen to retreat from fame's fallout, writing science fiction under a pen name. Her daughter, Joy, has descended into the throes of moody adolescence, just in time for her bat mitzvah. Her best friend, Samantha, is looking for love in all the wrong places (specifically, an online dating site called AJew4U.com). Her husband, Peter, has decided that he'd like to have a baby, and the family's first choice for a surrogate is none other than Cannie's flamboyant kid sister.

Just when things can't get any worse -- or weirder -- Cannie's long-lost (and largely unlamented) father shows up at her doorstep, and Joy swipes her mother's credit card and heads West in pursuit of the grandfather she's only seen once.

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"Readers already involved with Cannie will enjoy this, despite Joy's equally strong voice." - Publishers Weekly.

"A touching examination of both the comic and tragic moments that mark the mother-daughter relationship." - Kirkus Reviews.

"Starred Review. Weiner is a talented writer who consistently delivers the goods. An essential read for fans and an essential buy for public libraries." - Library Journal.

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Jennifer Weiner Author Biography

Jennifer Weiner was born in 1970 on an army base in Louisiana. She grew up in Connecticut, and graduated from Princeton University with a degree in English literature. She worked as a newspaper reporter in Central Pennsylvania, Lexington, Kentucky, and Philadelphia, before the publication of her first novel, Good In Bed, in 2001. She is the author of the novels In Her Shoes (2002), which was turned into a major motion picture; Little Earthquakes, (2004), Goodnight Nobody (2005), the short story collection The Guy Not Taken (September, 2006), Certain Girls (April 2008), Best Friends Forever (2009), Fly Away Home (2010), and Then Came You (2011). Her work has appeared in Seventeen, Salon, Redbook, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, and Elle. She lives in Philadelphia with her ...

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