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George and Lizzie (Hardcover)

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Our protagonist is Lizzie, a daughter who feels like a psychology experiment. The invention of NPR journalist and author Nancy Pearl, Lizzie's folks are behavioral psychologists first; parenthood is hidden a long ways down on their priority list. In an attempt to get their attention, Lizzie changes her 'perfect child' career by sleeping with the entire football team her senior year of high school. With more depth than the premise suggests, Pearl examines how Lizzie's life is affected and, eventually, altered when loving George comes along. Lizzie exasperates me, but I can also empathize. George, like me, is fascinated by how we can all purposefully contribute to the narrative of our own lives. Whether or not he can affect Lizzie's self-sabotaging disbelief is what kept me reading. — From Jennifer's Picks

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“I don't know Nancy Pearl, but I imagine the beloved librarian turned national book commentator would be too modest to recommend her debut for your reading list, so I'll do it for her. Pearl has written an intelligent, character-driven page-turner that asks important questions about honesty and forgiveness and examines how conscious choices and behaviors strengthen us and our relationships. Raised by brilliant but emotionally detached psychologist parents, Lizzie faces ongoing and often humorous internal battles that ultimately lead to a crossroads in her marriage to George. You may examine your own relationships as you read this witty, kindhearted story. Pearl clearly seems to love the characters she has created. You'll fall for them, too.”
— Mary Vermillion (W), Village Books, Bellingham, WA


" A]n homage to true love, painful childhood experiences, and emotional scars that last a lifetime. It's a story of forgiveness, especially for one's self....Extraordinary." --The Washington Post

From "America's librarian" and NPR books commentator Nancy Pearl comes an emotionally riveting debut novel about an unlikely marriage at a crossroads.

George and Lizzie have radically different understandings of what love and marriage should be. George grew up in a warm and loving family--his father an orthodontist, his mother a stay-at-home mom--while Lizzie grew up as the only child of two famous psychologists, who viewed her more as an in-house experiment than a child to love.

Over the course of their marriage, nothing has changed--George is happy; Lizzie remains...unfulfilled. When a shameful secret from Lizzie's past resurfaces, she'll need to face her fears in order to accept the true nature of the relationship she and George have built over a decade together.

With pitch-perfect prose and compassion and humor to spare, George and Lizzie is an intimate story of new and past loves, the scars of childhood, and an imperfect marriage at its defining moments.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781501162893
ISBN-10: 1501162896
Publisher: Touchstone Books
Publication Date: September 5th, 2017
Pages: 288
Language: English
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