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Tolstoy lied : a love story.
Kadish, Rachel.
Adult Fiction KADISH

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Tracy Farber, a 33-year-old not-yet-tenured English professor at an unnamed New York City university, works to subvert Tolstoy's famous statement that "happy families are all alike" by investigating whether American fiction can "have an ending that's both honest and happy." Satisfied with her independence and her challenging academic career, Tracy's only worries are her girlfriends' romantic problems and bitter colleague Joanne, who is on a professional witch-hunt over grade inflation. Until she starts dating earnest education policy consultant George; the two have a two-month whirlwind romance before getting engaged, but when they hit a rough patch, Tracy finds real happiness isn't necessarily the stuff of her academic research. Her romantic difficulties (and joys) share near equal time with Tracy's academic pursuits and university politics: Tracy's best friend considers resigning to be with his lover; a visiting Oxford professor shakes up the department; a high-strung graduate student melts down; and Joanne's increasing rancor puts Tracy's tenure at risk. Kadish (From a Sealed Room) writes about relationships with as much passion as she does literary theory, and her intelligent narrator-intensely aware of romantic cliches-gives this novel insightful traction that 21st-century feminists will appreciate. (Sept. 1) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

The generally accepted stereotype about great literature is that it is tragic to some degree. Tracy Farber disagrees with this notion and means to correct it-that is, once she has tenure, as even she is politically savvy enough to know that such an act could mean career suicide. As a rising star at a New York City university, Tracy has spent her life pursuing great ideas via books. She works hard with her undergrads, loves spending time in the library, and lives for the day when she finally receives tenure. She's made peace with the fact that, at 33, she's single and has yet to find true love. But then she meets George, and her quiet life is turned on its head. Short story writer Kadish takes readers on an emotional ride as Tracy traverses the river of academic politics and the swirling pools of a new relationship. The age-old career vs. family question is examined with fresh insight as Tracy struggles to remain true to herself. This novel about love and happiness is recommended for most public libraries.-Robin Nesbitt, Columbus Metropolitan Lib., OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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