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Past Perfect

A Novel

by Susan Isaacs

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Past Perfect by Susan Isaacs
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  • Published Feb 2007
    352 pages
    Genre: Literary Fiction

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In Past Perfect, Susan Isaacs gives us one of her most glorious characters ever: bright, buoyant, and borderline luscious Katie Schottland. Katie seems to have the ideal life: a great husband, a precocious and winning ten-year-old son, and a dream job -- writer for the long-running TV series Spy Guys. But all is not as splendid as it should be because writing about the espionage business isn't nearly as satisfying as working in it.

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The operations stuff is well-done throughout. Katie's relationship with her sweet vet husband adds little, but TV show–based scenes are diverting, and her fixation on her last job is sharply funny and true-to-life." - PW.
"...if this isn't her best effort, it does offer a cast of reasonably engaging characters headed by Katie, a woman determined--once and for all--to make peace with her past." - Booklist.
"Filled with well-rounded characters and good humor, this novel, like Isaacs's previous works....could be a best seller." - Library Journal.
"A misstep for the usually entertaining author. " - Kirkus.

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Susan Isaacs Author Biography

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Susan Isaacs, novelist, essayist and screenwriter, was born in Brooklyn, educated at Queens College, and worked as a senior editor at Seventeen magazine. Her novels include Compromising Positions, Close Relations, Almost Paradise, Shining Through, Past Perfect, As Husbands Go, and Goldberg Variations.

A recipient of the Writers for Writers Award and the John Steinbeck Award, Isaacs serves as chairman of the board of Poets & Writers and is a past president of Mystery Writers of America. She is a member of The Creative Coalition, National Book Critics Circle, PEN, the International Association of Crime Writers, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and the Adams Round Table. She sits on the boards of the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association, the Queens College Foundation, ...

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