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Steps And Exes

Laura Kalpakian

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ISBN : 9780006512974
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On Laura Kalpakians imaginary Isadora Island, women not only rule, theyve been calling the shots since men first hunted (i.e., sat around campfires trading their B.S. stories) and women gathered (cooked, raised kids, cleaned up, etc.). At least,MoreOn Laura Kalpakians imaginary Isadora Island, women not only rule, theyve been calling the shots since men first hunted (i.e., sat around campfires trading their B.S. stories) and women gathered (cooked, raised kids, cleaned up, etc.). At least, thats how Celia--grand dame, 1960s holdout, and advocate of unfettered love--sees it. In the world according to Celia, Eve wears the pants while Adams alias is first whiner. Perched at the tip of Useless Point, she lords over a quirky, cozy B & B, Henrys House, all the while extolling the virtues of independence and bristling at the notion of institutionalized love. That is, until one of her daughters announces she wants to tie the knot Martha Stewart-style, and Celia is called upon to host the event. In her desire to fulfill her daughters whim, she transforms Henrys House into the magical hub for a far-flung, idiosyncratic, anything-but-nuclear family. And in this rarified air, guests assemble to raise glasses but instead reveal their deepest, darkest secrets. The trick allows Kalpakian to poignantly dramatize the inner struggle between autonomy and the sometimes cloying grasp of familial love--or, as Celia puts it, the tie that binds all right. Enough rope to hang yourself. Kalpakians well-honed, lyrical prose is as intoxicating as lavender and lemon, cinnamon and rose and something else, a whiff of what must have been--surely from some remembered Eden. Celia tells us that Gods opera has no sopranos, but after reading Steps and Exes, youll beg to differ. --Sandra Dalrymple