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Going Away Party
by Laura Pedersen (Goodreads Author)
Jess MacGuire, an otherwise "good Catholic girl," invites an older man into her home while her family is away on vacation. Unaware that he has his own agenda, she makes it too comfortable for him to leave. Comic in spirit, but serious at heart, GOING AWAY PARTY stars a girl who is almost a woman and a man who has just lost his wife. Together they find an unexpected bond, w ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Malvern Publishing Company
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This book is clearly a first novel, but quite enjoyable. Jess is a Gen Xer struggling to finish calculus so she can get her degree in marketing. One night after her parents have left on vacation a recent widower gets her house confused for one down the street. He's trying to hide from his well meaning but over protective family. They proceed to share their lives for the next week.
Laura Pedersen was born in Buffalo, New York (one of "God's frozen people") in 1965, at the height of The Folk Music Scare. (For details of misspent youth see essay at 'Is there a Nurse in the Church?'). After finishing high school in 1983 she moved to Manhattan and began working on The American Stock Exchange, a time when showing up combined with basic computation skills could be parlayed into a ...moreMore about Laura Pedersen...