Goodbye Without Leaving

Paperback | May 16, 2000

byLaurie Colwin

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An insightful domestic comedy, at once hilarious and extremely moving, Goodbye Without Leaving is the story of a woman's attempt to remain true to herself in a world of diminishing returns. As a bored graduate student, Geraldine Colshares is plucked from her too-tame existence when she is invited to tour as the only white backup singer for Vernon and Ruby Shakely and the Shakettes. The years she spends as a Shakette are a mixed blessing, however, for while they provide her with purpose and excitement, she ultimately submits to a conventional life of marriage, children, and bittersweet memories of what comes to seem a glorious past. With her usual dry wit and candor, Laurie Colwin follows Geraldine as she tries to reconcile her past with her future, to be an adult and still boogie in her soul.

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Graduate student Geraldine Coleshares longs for excitement in her life. Turning down traditional jobs, Geraldine goes on tour as the only white backup singer for Vernon and Rudy Shakely and the Shakettes. All good things must end, and soon Geraldine finds herself taking an ordinary job and settling down with marriage and children. ...

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An insightful domestic comedy, at once hilarious and extremely moving, Goodbye Without Leaving is the story of a woman's attempt to remain true to herself in a world of diminishing returns. As a bored graduate student, Geraldine Colshares is plucked from her too-tame existence when she is invited to tour as the only white backup singer...

Laurie Colwin is the author of five novels:Happy All the Time, Family Happiness, Goodbye Without Leaving, Shine On, Bright and Dangerous Object, and A Big Storm Knocked It Over; three collections of short stories:Passion and Affect, Another Marvelous Thing, and The Lone Pilgrim; and two collections of essays:Home Cooking and More Home ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.58 inPublished:May 16, 2000Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060955333

ISBN - 13:9780060955335

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Graduate student Geraldine Coleshares longs for excitement in her life. Turning down traditional jobs, Geraldine goes on tour as the only white backup singer for Vernon and Rudy Shakely and the Shakettes. All good things must end, and soon Geraldine finds herself taking an ordinary job and settling down with marriage and children. Now all she has are memories of her past and a future that seems dull by comparison. In Goodbye Without Leaving, Geraldine must find out how to become a woman she can be proud of.

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"[Colwin's] eloquence is zany and startling at the same time...Exhilarating and very funny." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)