Thursday, October 18, 2012

Book Review: LOVE BOMB by Lisa Zeidner

Author: Lisa Zeidner
Category: Contemporary
Pub. Date: 09/04/2012
Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books
Format: E-Book
Pages: 272
ISBN#: 0374192715

 An inventive, mordantly funny novel about love, marriage, stalkers, and the indignities of parenthood.
In quaint Haddonfield, New Jersey, Tess is about to marry Gabe in her childhood home. Her mother, Helen, is in a panic about the guests, who include warring exes, crying babies, jealous girlfriends, and too many psychiatrists. But the most difficult guest was never on the list at all: a woman in a wedding dress and a gas mask, armed with a rifle, a bomb trigger strapped to her arm. Lisa Zeidner’s audacious novel Love Bomb begins as a hostage drama and blossoms into a far-reaching tale about the infinite varieties of passion and heartbreak.
Who has offended this nutcase, and how? Does she seek revenge against the twice-divorced philanderer? Or is her agenda political—against the army general? Or the polygamous Muslim from Mali? While the warm, wise Helen attempts to bond with the masked woman and control the hysteria, the hostages begin to untangle what connects them to one another, and to their captor. But not until the SWAT team arrives does “the terrorist of love” unveil her real motives . . .Critics have praised Lisa Zeidner’s prose for its “unforced edginess and power”; her fiction “shines with humor, wisdom, and poignancy.” In her most masterful novel yet, Zeidner gives us a tough yet tender social comedy, a romance with guts, a serious frolic written out of deep affection for all that it skewers.

My Review:  
Well lets see where to begin with this review. I start with saying it made me laugh. 

Author Lisa Zeidner's creative writing in this book makes you look at subdivisions in just a little different light. As one who has and does live in one, it has made me kinda wonder about who is really living around me. 

I am not going to go into much about this book. I liked it, finished it, but not much else. Maybe it was or could be just a little to life like. But the wedding quest list to kidnapper, I am not sure where I lost interest.  In other words I could take it or leave it. 

So I will leave it up to you to read for yourself and make your own decision. 

But for my review, I am giving LOVE BOMB a Breath of Life rating of:

Three Clock Rating!!!

Disclosure: I received this book in exchange for my review. The opinions are mine. And your opinion may differ.

About the Author:    
 Lisa Zeidner has published five novels, including the critically acclaimed Layover, and two books of poems. Her stories, reviews, and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Slate, GQ,
Tin House
, and elsewhere. She directs the M.F.A. program in creative writing at Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey.


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