Re: Has anyone ever read the novel -- Lost In Jersey City?
Posted by GrovePath on 2018/1/13 20:42:27
We just ordered a copy. The Author is now a photographer doing work on the deforestation of the Amazon in Brazil.
Here are some of the reviews on the book.
The New York Times Book Review (by Walter Sattertwait;):
"Ms. Sharp, unlike Ida, has a fine, freewheeling sense of humor, and she provides her story with a terrific troop of characters, all vibrant and quirky: brash Betty Trombley, the towering, irreverent, quick-thinking, fast-talking reformed tomboy; Mike Ribeiro, the slovenly yet dashing, cynical yet romantic criminal lawyer; Angel Rodriquez, the proprietor of a pest-removal service whose jacket pockets sport, with a slight nod to Luis Bunuel, the words "exterminator Angel." And there are Ida's two children, Skeet and Sherry, both beautifully drawn as distinct individuals. Funny and shrewd and sensitive, they are as far removed from the smug, wisecracking kids of television sitcoms as Jersey City is from the moon. And of course, there's Jersey City itself, its air stinking of fish and sewage, its gamy streets potholed, its landlords wicked, its cops crooked, its politicians and judges warped by greed and corruption. Ms. Sharp exploits these wonderful possibilities, both comic and tragic, with skill, compassion and zest. By the end of "Lost in Jersey City," Ida Terhune has, thank good ness, begun a tentative move to self-knowledge -- or at least to self-questioning, the parent of understanding and change. Ms. Sharp, against all odds, has made us hope for this, and care that it happens. Having set herself a task that is very nearly impossible, she is to be congratulated for achieving it and very nearly perfectly.
The Los Angeles Times (by Christ Goodrich):
"A wonderful novel ...[ Sharp's] development of Ida's story is so beautifully controlled, and her sympathy for human idiosyncrasy so deep, that the book holds constant and agreeable surprises. Sharp does here what Louis Malle does in so many of his films: She makes the odd event seem inevitable, the natural effect of an unnatural occurrence ... Sharp tends toward the sly and amusing rather than the profound and philosophical, making Lost in Jersey City that rare thing, a comic novel of substance. [Virginia] Woolf, I suspect, would have loved it -- and perhaps even even a little envious."
The Memphis Commercial Appeal (by Frederic Koeppel):
"In case you hadn't noticed, Jersey City is not Baton Rouge... That discrepancy, and Ida's inflexibility are at the heart of Lost in Jersey City, Paula Sharp's hilarious and touching second novel ... It's a pleasure to put yourself in the hands of an author who cares enough about her book and her readers to invest even her minor characters with humanity and individuality."
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