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Kim Green is the author of the comic novels Paging Aphrodite, Live a Little and Is That a Moose in Your Pocket? She also writes marketing copy for such clients as Kashi, and can tell you a lot about whole grains and fiber. Kim earned an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Amsterdam, which qualifies her to create exotic settings for her books and little else. She’s currently at work on one novel about a small-town culture war and banned books, and another about two unpleasant people who fall in love.
LIVE A LITTLE
5 Spot – August 15, 2008
-What do you do if you have two bratty teenage kids who don’t give you the time of day?
Well, if you’re Raquel Rose, you tell your family your diagnosis, and then you watch them go from treating you like dirt to treating you like a queen. Then you go on to raise unprecedented amounts of money for breast cancer research. You fulfill your early artistic promise. And you find you love this new life of yours, no matter how fleeting it may be.
So when the doctor calls to tell her that there was a mistake and she’s actually perfectly healthy, instead of sharing her good news, Raquel can’t relinquish the sudden attention and love from her family. Soon Raquel’s lie by omission snowballs and the wise-cracking 40-something becomes a sought-after figure on her sister’s popular talk show, elevating her “illness” to local rock star status. Her mistaken diagnosis becomes the fated opportunity to fix the glaring problems in her life—her stalled career as an artist, her lackluster marriage, her unappreciative children, and her highly dysfunctional family.
And while she wants to tell the truth, she’s afraid to give it all up—would her family go back to taking her for granted? Would the donors rescind their checks if they think she was a fraud? In the end, it’s up to Raquel to find her real “cure”: an ending that befits the second chance she’s been granted.
Praise for LIVE A LITTLE
“Green’s third novel displays a charming, acerbic wit…”—Publishers Weekly
“Kim Green is a must-read! Live a Little is wise, winning, and funny, with engaging characters that pull you in and pages that crackle with wit and insight.“—Veronica Wolff, author of Master of the Highlands
“Green’s effervescent prose and pitch-perfect humor will surely charm readers. Her deeply imagined characters seem like old friends as their story unfolds with effortless grace.“—Jody Gehrman, author of Notes From the Backseat
Delta – October 26, 2004
Four strong women from different walks of life in Australia, London and San Francisco, they’ve all come to the breathtakingly beautiful isle of Corfu seeking the same thing—refuge. Between marriage woes, dead-end careers, and demanding families, these women need a vacation—a little sun, a few shots of Sambuca, and a couple of sexy Greek men will surely allow them to relax, right? Maybe not.
Australian Claire Dillon is 46, still has amazing legs, and is ready for a change. Her husband is having an affair with a 29-year old masseuse, and her gay son is looking for a father figure in a series of unsuitable boyfriends. When she takes off for Corfu in the middle of disaster, everyone says she’s gone mad—and she’s out to prove them right.
Parker Glass’ marriage lasted eleven days, not exactly what the perfectionist interior designer from San Francisco had dreamed of. After a breakdown at work, her partner firmly suggests she use her scheduled honeymoon time for some much needed sun and relaxation in the Greek Isles. At first, the vacation seems just the thing for getting her life back on track… but sometimes the cure is worse than the disease.
Anya Soberanes is convinced she’s cursed—how else could she still be looking for her soulmate? When her aunt finds her unconscious in her San Francisco apartment after inadvertently overdosing on sleeping pills and telenovelas, her parents give her an ultimatum: either take a vacation with her friend’s sister Parker, or check into a mental-health facility. As Anya discovers, facing her fears is easy in Greece—it’s making her dreams come true that’s the hard part.
25-year old Londoner Kelah Morris wants more than anything to publish a brilliant novel and prove to her editor mother that she’s destined for more than selling popcorn at the cinema. All Kelah needs is an escape from her overbearing parents, dead-end job, jailbird brother and just-published friends to free herself of her infamous writer’s block. Butshe doesn’t factor in the possibility of wild career success and true love on her island getaway.
Together, these four women discover that sometimes you need to get away from it all to discover what you really need.
Praise for PAGING APHRODITE
“Kim Green is an exceptionally talented writer who explores love, life, and friendships with wit and honesty. In Paging Aphrodite, she creates a world you will love to lose yourself in.“—Theresa Alan, author of Who You Know and Spur of the Moment
IS THAT A MOOSE IN YOUR POCKET?
Delta – November 4, 2003
After being passed over for a promotion, and currently between boyfriends, thirtyish Jen Brenner figures its time for a major life change. So it’s goodbye to San Francisco and her sexy ex-boyfriend—and howdy to roughing it in the wilds of Montana.
As a reporter for Montana’s Meredith Gazette, Jen is suddenly getting cruised by park rangers and interviewing ranchers who think crème brûlée is men’s hair gel. Then she meets a rugged western vision in jeans and snakeskin boots: EPA agent Bruce Mortensen. So what if he has baggage—a manipulative soon-to-be-ex-wife and a jealous ten-year-old daughter? He’s a real man who’s making her feel like a real woman for the first time in her life.
Praise for IS THAT A MOOSE IN YOUR POCKET?
“Green has created an appealing heroine with a likable supporting cast.”—Booklist
“I loved it!”—Melissa Senate, author of See Jane Date