THE OPPOSITE OF LOVE is a brilliant debut- absorbing and clever, bold and sassy, deeply touching with more than a few laugh-out-loud moments.
Originally from New York, Julie Buxbaum is a Harvard Law graduate. She put her job as a lawyer on hold to pursue her love of writing and now lives in Los Angeles, California. To find out more about Julie Buxbaum please visit her website at www.juliebuxbaum.com.
Ariadne Meyers gives a masterful performance of this realistic novel about Emily, a young woman whose life is unraveling: she breaks up with her longtime boyfriend, hates her job, and her beloved grandfather is dying. Meyers inhabits the role perfectly, conveying all the nuances of Emily's character: her doubt and confusion, anger, love and vulnerability. Meyers especially shines in Emily's monologue to her late mother's tombstone that starts out joking as a defense mechanism, then gets serious and then gradually starts to break down, her voice trembling and full of tears. Meyers also creates distinctive, authentic character voices - the elderly, New York - accented tones of Emily's grandfather and his female friend Ruth; Emily's two closest female friends, including a scene in which one friend is drunk and sobbing; her smug, lecherous boss; a backstabbing co-worker; a Russian diner owner; and a soothing psychologist. She switches seamlessly between the voices during conversations without missing a beat. The abridgment is likewise seamless. This excellent production is a must for chick lit fans. Simultaneous release with the Dial Press hardcover (Reviews, Nov. 5, 2007). (Feb.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
It's shaping up to be an annus horribilis for 29-year-old Emily Haxby, a Harvard Law School graduate and budding Manhattan attorney. Sensing that Andrew, her doctor boyfriend, is about to propose, she dumps him, only to be tormented and mystified by her own actions. Not only is Andrew smart, funny, handsome, and devoted, but she still loves him. Emily's career at a high-powered law firm is plagued by an excruciating workload, corporate cases that trample the little guy, and sexual harassment via a senior partner during a business trip. Her beloved grandfather plunges into dementia and is diagnosed with terminal cancer; her relationship with her father, her sole other relative, is chilly and empty. These junctures spur Emily's self-examination and inspire her to rewrite her life before irreparably sabotaging her ideals and her love life. Actress/singer Emily Janice Card reads Buxbaum's debut with the crisp, unsentimental confidence of a self-contained career woman, enjoining the listener as an ally to root for Emily's turnaround. Recommended for romance and light fiction collections. [Also available as downloadable audio.--Ed.]--Judith Robinson, Univ. at Buffalo Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Gripping, wise and extremely refreshing. I loved it. -- Marian
One of the pleasures of Buxbaum's novel is her manipulation of the conventions of Sex and the City and its literary ilk. -- WASHINGTON POST
Debuts don't often come as fresh as this. -- MIRROR
An appealing debut -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY