Wit's End by Karen Joy Fowler
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Wit's End Summary
Set in contemporary Santa Cruz, Wits End opens as Rima Lanisell arrives at her godmothers old Victorian mansion, weary from her recent lossesan inventive if at times irritating father, a beloved brother. (Indeed, Rima seems to lose people and things habituallysunglasses and keys, lovers and family members.) At loose ends, she has come to coastal California to regroup and to meet that legendary godmother. She soon finds herself enmeshed in a household of eccentrics: a formerly alcoholic cook and her irksome son, two quirky dog-walkers, a mysterious stalker, and of course, godmother Addison Early, a secretive and feisty bestselling mystery writer who once knew Rimas father well. Perhaps too well. Rima is on a mission to discover just what their relationship was all about.
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"As Fowler analyzes our modern-day relationship to novels and writers' relationship to their readers, the line between fiction and reality blurs - real people become characters in another's blog as fictional characters become real to the fans that fetishize them." - Publishers Weekly.
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Karen Joy Fowler Author Biography
Karen Joy Fowler was born in February 1950 in Bloomington, Indiana where her
father was a professor of psychology. She says "Bloomington lives in my
mind as a sort of Oz-like place where I caught fireflies and watched lightning
and ran around. None of the yards were fenced, so we could play games that
covered massive amounts of territory." When she was 11 her family moved to
Palo Alto, California.
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