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Flirting in Cars Paperback – 7 Aug 2007
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"Flirting in Cars is a modern-day fairy tale about finding happily-ever-after where you least expect it. I couldn't put it down." -- Karen Quinn, author of The Ivy Chronicles and Wife in the Fast Lane
""Flirting in Cars" is a modern-day fairy tale about finding happily-ever-after where you least expect it. I couldn't put it down."
-- Karen Quinn, author of "The Ivy Chronicles" and "Wife in the Fast Lane"
"This exciting tease of a novel will set your heart pounding like the best love affair. Smart, funny, sexy -- I loved it!"
-- Pamela Redmond Satran, author of T"he Man I Should Have Married" and "Suburbanistas"
"Alisa Kwitney's cross-cultural love story is intelligent, funny, and sexy."
-- Thelma Adams, "Us Weekly"
About the Author
Alisa Kwitney is the author of "On the Couch", "Does She or Doesn't She?", "The Dominant Blonde", "Till the Fat Lady Sings", and the forthcoming "Flirting in Cars". Her books have been translated into Russian, German, and Japanese. A former comic book editor with DC Comics/Vertigo, Kwitney holds an M.F.A. in fiction writing from Columbia University. She lives with her family in the Hudson River Valley and New York City. Visit her website at www.alisakwitney.com.
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Kwitney first three novels were more comical and sensuous and with her second more serious novel, she proves that she can handle both genres. While the subject matter is more serious, she gives Zoe a sense of humor that emerges through her vulnerability, making her a more human character. In addition to dealing with Maya's dyslexia, she also has to contend with the disintegration of her own relationship with her parents who disowned her when she had a baby out of wedlock, taking on a local politician who has sold out his constituents, forging new friendships, as well as facing her own fears and phobias. I found the story to be sensual and heartwarming at the same time, relishing the relationship between mother and daughter as they both grow so much in a town they didn't realize would have such an effect on them.
© Tracy Vest, September 2008
Zoe eventually agrees to take driving lessons from sexy Mack, even though she still has her misgivings about the process. Once they start flirting, then dating, both of them have to deal with their own stereotypes and intimacy issues, along with expectations for the future. Kwitney paints Mack equally as well as someone in conflict between how he's thought of by those around him, and who he is and aspires to be, as a man torn between the world he left in Iraq and his home. Zoe opens up new intellectual worlds to him, but also reminds him that they are very different and wonders whether they can bridge the gap. An environmental issue in the town draws them and their neighbors into action, while they both get to know each other and spar with each other. There are misunderstandings but also plenty of tender moments, and Zoe has to learn to let go of some of her rigid worldviews, especially about what the country offers versus the city. Mack also has to adjust, even as he feels at odds with those around him who he's known his whole life, fenced in by the changes inside him.
There were a few story lines I'd have liked to hear more about; Mack's friend in Iraq who died and their closeness, and Zoe's estrangement from her family. All in all, though, Kwitney again does a fabulous job of imbuing her characters with chutzpah, warmth, and complexity. There's a family argument that's delightful if only to watch the curmudgeonly brother-in-law make a fool of himself. And Zoe's tenderness toward her daughter and her and Mack's sense of family, along with each of them realizing that their relationship is about a lot more than sex, make this book a delight. Charming, funny, sexy, and heartwarming all in one. I was originally intrigued by the story line because I myself live in Manhattan and haven't driven in many, many years after a car accident, and Kwitney handles that part of the plot quite well, but there's a lot more here than just a woman who's afraid of cars, and she does Zoe and all her fears, as well as her feistiness, justice.
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