How To Write A Novel by Melanie SumnerHow To Write A Novel by Melanie Sumner

How To Write A Novel

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Audio Book (CD) | August 4, 2015

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Howto Write a Novel is a portrait of a stressed-out modernfamily, narrated by precocious twelve-year-old Aris Thibodeau as she writes herfirst novel. A brilliantly funny work of metafiction, Aris is Adrian Mole ifhe were living with his frazzled single mother in Kanuga, Georgia.

With the same wry humor as Sue Townsend'sbestselling series, Aris attempts to find her mother, Diane, a suitable mate.Aris' dad, a sax-blowing rogue from Louisiana, died when Aris was just a babybut still resides as a ghost in the house, blowing fuses and sabotaging Diane'sdates. Penn, a socialist/atheist/not-quite-redneck nanny, serves as a positive maleinfluence for Max, Aris' emotionally frenetic eight-year-old brother.

Aris thinks she could use some time with the familytherapist, but money is tight, so Diane gives her a book, Write a Novel in Thirty Days!, in the hope that Aris will workthrough her own issues on her laptop. Aris begins her book with a broken pipein the bathroom, a flood that unearths Diane's stash of journals. While readingthe journals, Aris discovers a terrible secret regarding her dead father'schildhood, and their frenzied suburban life begins to break down: Diane losesher job, Max melts down when he learns building Legos isn't a viable talent forthe talent show, and Aris mails her mother's journals out to strangers on eBayand stalks the neighborhood's child molesters with a machete.

But as Aris' machinations to set Diane up with Pennbegin to bear fruit, Aris wonders if a "normal" family isn't what she'd neededafter all.

Captured through the lens of a snarky, perceptiveadolescent playing at adulthood, How toWrite a Novel is a brilliant satire of the modern family, at onceendearing, hilarious, and bittersweet-a distillation of the sorts of witty,insightful quips that keep you from drowning your kid in the bathtub.

Title:How To Write A NovelFormat:Audio Book (CD)Dimensions:5.7 × 5.2 × 1 inPublished:August 4, 2015Publisher:Blackstone AudioLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1504605802

ISBN - 13:9781504605809

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