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The Lion is In

3.46  ·  Rating Details  ·  859 Ratings  ·  195 Reviews
.Tracee is a runaway bride and kleptomaniac. Lana's an audacious beauty and a recovering alcoholic. Rita is a holy-roller minister's wife, desperate to escape her marriage and discover whether she actually has a mind of her own.

One warm summer's night, these three women go on the lam together. Their car breaks down on a rural highway in North Carolina and they're forced t
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 29th 2012 by Blue Rider Press (first published March 1st 2012)
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Jodi Schoenbrun Carter
Apr 09, 2012 Jodi Schoenbrun Carter rated it it was amazing
The Lion Is In is one of those wonderful books that you will fly through in a short time. The adventures of three women,on the run begin when they find themselves stuck in a small North Carolina town and working in a bar that houses a lion named Marcel (yes, a real lion). This majestic king of the jungle has a mystical and wise sense about him. Lana, Tracee, and Rita, each have their own struggles that we learn of that have led to them to being on the run, but through their relationships with ea ...more
Emily Crowe
Feb 17, 2012 Emily Crowe rated it liked it
My sales rep sent me this book, and though I don't think I would have otherwise picked it up on my own, I'm surprised by how fun it is. Two runaway women meet a third runaway woman and together they stumble upon a bar in the middle of nowhere. And oh, yeah--there's a lion, which means things are gonna get interesting.

This book turned out to be light and fun and the perfect antidote after reading a stream of extremely dark (but excellent) novels back to back. This is a novel where mostly nothing
May 21, 2012 Georgette rated it liked it
Shelves: movie-books
I liked the idea of this story. I like the way Delia Ephron writes. What didn't I like, that I didn't award this book 5 stars? Simple. It was too fluffy. I am not a Cottonelle reader. I prefer my steak to be steak, not tofeak(tofu steak. Does it exist? Highly unlikely. I made it up).

This is the first book in the new Penguin Book Club. I heard of it on Twitter and Re-tweeted to win a copy. Oddly enough(or not, with these crazy matters), I won a copy. Delia's book has also been optioned into a mo
Jul 14, 2012 Antoinette rated it did not like it
Uuuuuuuuccchhhhh! File this under "where do I start?" I picked up this book at the library because although I had never before read Delia Ephron, I figured she was a safe bet because her movies are usually entertaining, though not excessively funny in my opinion (I prefer absurdist and dark comedy). Wow, was I ever wrong about The Lion Is In. Not only was it not funny or even charming, but the book was amateurish, if not in writing then in plot. I hate it when older writers try to write about yo ...more
I guess I expected something more comedic from Delia Ephron, but maybe it's her sister I'm thinking of. Three women find themselves stranded in a small town after crashing their car and having no money to pay for repairs. Lana and Tracee have been friends since childhood and are on the run after Tracee steals a couple of high ticket items. Rita meets up with the duo on the highway while they're attempting to fix a flat tire. She's on the run from a stifling husband and marriage.

The three women
Kat Gilmore
Jan 31, 2016 Kat Gilmore rated it it was ok
I had this on my list to read for a while-I liked the back of the book. I didnt realize it is the same author as the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. I knew once I started reading it that it is the same style, but with just older characters. I liked the characters though. The book is like a chic flic on USA Sundays. Something that is on, but not something I rushed to see and I may not have made it through with the commercial breaks. The lion character, of course, and the breath it gave the cha ...more
Jul 04, 2012 Nancy rated it really liked it
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Sharon Chance
Feb 13, 2013 Sharon Chance rated it it was amazing
This novel is a “Thelma and Louise” meets “The Runaway Bride” meets “Born Free” kind of story that is funny, charming, sad, and completely captivating from the first chapter.

Delia Ephron, who is well known for her screenplays (“You’ve Got Mail,” “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” and “Michael”) has created a intertwining story of friendship, love, and a bit of mystery that will have readers enchanted and hooked to the very surprising ending. And since Ephron is a genius screenwriter, the
Shayla Drumm
Jun 08, 2012 Shayla Drumm rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
The three main characters in this book (all women) come together as they are trying to escape from their past. They are quirky and all have issues but they learn from each other as well as the lion, Marcel. At first I thought the lion would take away from the story as it is unbelievable that a lion would be housed in a bar. However, the author uses the lion in creative ways that really add to the storyline. This is a fun, light-hearted read with a humorous plot. I will recommend it to my friends ...more
Jun 30, 2012 Michelle rated it it was ok
This book just didn't do it for me. I was expecting light and humorous, but instead found the story preposterous. The characters weren't developed at all, so when they became involved in new relationships, there wasn't the foundation to understand them. Luckily I only invested a few days of my life on this one.
Jun 19, 2012 Jody rated it really liked it
I went into this book thinking it was going to be absurd, (the lion had me wondering) but I was pleasantly surprised. It is a great story about finding yourself in the most unlikely places.
Amy Paget
It’s Thelma & Louise…in book form! Delia Ephron’s The Lion is In is a chick-lit ‘on the road’ story. Two best friends from childhood, Lana and Tracee, flee Baltimore in Lana’s beloved yellow Mustang. Tracee is wearing a wedding dress. They are joined by 50-year old Rita, who they meet walking down a rural highway, dressed in her Sunday best. What are they running from? And what role does Marcel, the retired circus lion play in their deliverance? Purrrfect…for a summer read. Don’t forget to r ...more
Dec 28, 2014 Rhonda rated it really liked it
I totally loved the parts ABOUT the LION! lots of flaws (such as being nothing like thelma and louise/she really was not an actual runaway bride as there was never going to be an actual wedding/2 of them were stealing but only one was labelled as a kleptomaniac) but a quick, fun read nevertheless. I sure did not 'get' the part about the necklace!? (see my previously-posed question!) completely disagree with choices of actresses named by another reader :) / ;) recommended read for fun. More of th ...more
Mar 07, 2015 Michelle rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the characters and especially the lion - easy to read .
Luanne Ollivier
I'm always interested in the origins of a book - how do writers come up with their ideas? Does something specific spark that first line? In Delia Ephron's case the answer is yes......

"This book happened because of an anxiety attack. I was worried about something… something that I knew wasn’t going to be resolved for a while, and I thought how can I ever get through this? And that night when I went to sleep, I had a dream. A most vivid dream about three women and a lion. When I woke up, I wo
Sara Palacios
Feb 28, 2013 Sara Palacios rated it really liked it
lionI was provided with a copy of THE LION IS IN by Delia Ephron in exchange for an honest review.

The Lion Is In tells the tale of three gals. Tracee is a runaway bride and kleptomaniac. Lana’s is beautiful but also a recovering alcoholic. Rita is a holy-roller minister’s wife, who is tired and wants out of her marriage. One warm summer night brings the three ladies together and they go on the lam together. During the ride down a rural highway in the great state of North Carolina, their car brea
Mar 17, 2013 Laurel-Rain rated it really liked it
It is a warm summer night on a rural road in North Carolina when two women are stranded on the side of a road with a flat tire. While bravely trying to change it, another woman comes along and offers to help. Once the car is repaired, the three of them take off. Even though two of them are running from something unspoken, while the third one also seems secretive and frightened. But what better bond can there be? The quirky trio continue on their journey--oh, and one of them is wearing a wedding ...more
Apr 13, 2012 Jacki rated it liked it
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In The Lion Is In, Delia Ephron's first novel for adults since Hanging Up, three women seeking escape find themselves with the help of each other, a failing bar and a retired circus lion named Marcel.

Lana has looked out for her best friend Tracee since childhood, but the two young women never expected to find themselves on the run from the law. After they pick up Rita, a middle-aged stranger Lana hopes will provide c
May 26, 2012 Nahree rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads

While running (er, driving) away from their problems, Lana's car is damaged, so Lana, Tracee and Rita must work at The Lion (the bar they broke into to spend the night) to pay off car repair costs.

Honestly, it took forever to get into this book because Lana and Tracee were so reckless, selfish and impulsive and I couldn't stand them. To make things worse, Tracee's on the run and Lana is terrified of the police, so they're constantly lashing out due to their paranoia. This book would have been o
Bo Nobo Nobo
May 10, 2012 Bo Nobo Nobo rated it it was amazing
Considering Delia Ephron's work has been featured in Hollywood, news and print editorial (Huffington Post and Oprah's magazine) and on Broadway, it's no surprise that her book 'The Lion is In' is a well-crafted and worthwhile read. While some aspects were cliché and predictable, other outcomes were not.

All the characters are well-defined and seem to be so unique that many of us can relate to one or a mixture of any or all of them. They all have some baggage that they are dealing with. They try
Sep 16, 2015 Kendra rated it it was amazing
I picked up The Lion is In by Delia Ephron simply because of the short excerpt on the back. A lion wearing a wedding veil? I thought it would an interesting read, and it was.

Lana, Tracee, and Rita are three very different women on the run from their former lives. While I could relate to some aspects of their challenges and life choices, it was also a new experience for me to read about such characters and actually enjoy it. I tend to stay away from contemporary novels, especially if there is a h
Lynn  Davidson
Oct 21, 2013 Lynn Davidson rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
The story begins on a warm June day when two runaway women – Lana in a t-shirt and ripped jeans, Tracee in a wedding dress – suffer the inconvenience of a flat tire in rural North Carolina. Rita comes casually walking along in her Sunday best with no plan of where she is going, just somewhere, and after changing the flat Lana offers her a ride. What they don’t know is they have rescued Rita. The truth is, each of the women has her secrets and fears and issues. Each is trying to get away from eve ...more
Sim Carter
Mar 29, 2013 Sim Carter rated it really liked it
From the moment I saw the cover of Delia Ephron's The Lion is In - this photo-realistic shot of three women (one in a wedding veil) and a lion in a convertible, driving off into the sunset, I've wanted to read the book. But as regular readers of Chapter1-Take1 know, I'm so focused on the books that have been adapted for film that I barely have time to read beyond my own self-imposed boundaries. I know, I know. That's why when I got lucky and scored the book at the library, I decided boundaries b ...more
Alyce Rocco
Aug 02, 2012 Alyce Rocco rated it really liked it
The Lion is in by Delia Ephron is almost a Wizard of Oz tale.

The novel begins "Three hours south of Baltimore" where two are standing on side of rural road perplexed about a flat tire. Tracee is wearing a veil and wedding dress, so it is up to ripped jeans clad Lana to figure out how to change it. Rita has been walking for two hours when she approaches their car. She offers to help Lana tighten the lug nuts by standing on the wrench handle as Lana turns it.

Lana invites Rita to join them. Tracee
Shay Caroline
Jan 29, 2013 Shay Caroline rated it really liked it
Recommended to Shay by: Kelly Bowyer
What do you get when you throw together a runaway bride, a five-months-sober hottie, a drab minister's wife and a retired circus lion? You get "The Lion Is In" by Delia Ephron. Tracee is a kleptomaniac who goes to a Baltimore Orioles game with her cheating boyfriend, and is sure he is going to propose to her on the Jumbotron, but instead, he goes to get a hot dog and never comes back, breaking up with her by text message. What's a girl to do except run out of the bridal shop with her now unneces ...more
Shazza Maddog
Sep 23, 2013 Shazza Maddog rated it really liked it
Lana and Tracee are on the run - Tracee, because she's a kleptomaniac, and stole the wedding dress she's currently wearing, not to mention a diamond choker - Lana, because she's an alcoholic, and stole all of her father's savings to keep high. They literally run into Rita while on the highway, and they wind up at a bar known as The Lion, where they find an open window, and climb in to spend the night. When they wake up the next morning, they realize they'd spent the night in the bar with a lion. ...more
Oct 22, 2014 Courtney rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
While reading this, I wondered where the heart of the story was. What is missing that detail and plot cannot fill in?

I think the story opens too flimsily; it feels like a gimmick, and I felt like I was being duped into a story. I don't know, but it might be because so much of the book relies on dialogue, which can be distancing. We don't know characters' sense of humor or really much about them, so dialogue is like overhearing people without seeing them.
Jun 15, 2015 Carla rated it it was amazing
This book was wonderful, I didn't want to put it down. It is a lot of fun and a quick read. I loved all of the main characters and the story. Some reviews talked about the impossibility of the story, but I just think they have "no imagination" like Rita thought of herself. In fiction, as in life, anything is possible. I'm very glad that Delia Ephron allowed me to come with these ladies on a very fun ride!!!! Loved It Very Much!!!
(Lonestarlibrarian) Keddy Ann Outlaw
This got off to a slow start for me, but after I settled in with the characters I liked the book just enough to finish.(Felt ready to throw it across the room a couple of times....) The premise is good -- two young gals on the run/ on the road in a Mustang, one a kleptomaniac wearing a bride's gown, the other a recovering alcoholic; then they pick up an older gal, a runaway minister's wife. Then they have a fender bender and all three end up working in a run-down bar in small town NC, and this i ...more
Oct 08, 2015 Joyce rated it it was ok
I guess my feelings about this book are why I don't read many books in the 'Chick-Lit' genre. Although the book touched on some worthy issues facing women, tbere was just too much 'fluff' and not enough substance. My favorite part was about the relationship between Rita and the Lion.
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Delia Ephron is a bestselling author and screenwriter. She has written novels, including The Lion is In and Hanging Up; humor books for all ages including How to Eat Like a Child and Do I Have to Say Hello?; and nonfiction, most recently Sister Mother Husband Dog (etc). Her films include The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, You've Got Mail, Hanging Up (based on her novel), and Michael. Her journ ...more
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