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The Miss America Family: A Novel

3.1 of 5 stars 3.10  ·  rating details  ·  174 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Pixie Kitchy was once Miss New Jersey. Now she's married to a dentist, an ex-quarterback in turtled golf pants. Her ten-year-old daughter, Mitzie, wears Bo-peep pincurls and twirls baton. Her sixteen-year-old son, Ezra, the person who knows her best, is caught up in his fling with the podiatrist's daughter. And Pixie is consumed by the past. She confides, "I was a housewif ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 18th 2003 by Washington Square Press (first published 2002)
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When I began reading this novel I didn't know what to expect. The tone of the first chapter was one that didn't grad my interest right away. I'm glad I didn't decide to abandon the book. As the storyline continued I found myself being caught up not only in the plot but in the authors beautifully sad observations. This book was truly a quick and satisfying read.
I'd like to have a teenager read this and ask him or her an opinion about the book. The story is told from two points of view - a mother and a son. I can't really tell why they were the ones who told the story, though. The divergence between the two styles establishes character, and I understand that, but I don't understand why these two characters are the ones chosen to tell the story. The mother mostly talks about other people, so it might have been more useful to have some of the other charac ...more
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Sixteen-year-old Ezra Stocker has a goal for his summer vacation: he wants to create a list of Rules to Live By. His secret hope? That this list will help him transcend his dysfunctional surroundings and really take the reins of his life. Ezra’s mom – insomniac ex-Miss New Jersey Pixie Stocker – used to yearn for rules, too, and came to believe that Emily Post’s etiquette books would provide every answer she’d ever need. But Miss Post’s books never really addressed Pixie’s most vexing questions. ...more
Surprising story line and pretty good read. I thought this book was going to be a checky chic-lit book and grabbed after reading a more serious novel. I didn't anticipate the family or personal strive these characters faced in the novel. There is some very heavy subject matter, but it's dealt with in a realistic manner. There isn't a warm and fuzzy ending, but there is a satisfating ending that, as a reader, you could envision happening. The character development was a little odd, but this famil ...more
Read because she is a local author and I heard her speak.
Sonia Reppe
I like the writing style of this. Even though for the first two pages I didn't realize Ezra was a boy (sounds like a girl's name)I really got into this. Part 1 was definitely better than part 2, which lost momentum. This might only be a 3-star book, but I'm giving it 4 for Part 1.
A tragically funny, aberration family of visual perfection that totally falls apart behind the scenes. The epitome of Americana with its contented facade, as if straight from a Hollywood soap opera (or talk show). Characters so real.. they're probably your neighbors.
Started out liking this book a lot, got a little less enchanting mid-way through, but finished strong enough to get a 3/5. Still not sure how I'd describe for others who might be interested though!
This book was just ok. The author writes well but the story wasn't that great. The ending left me confused and unsatisfied.
Dixie Meeks
Interesting story with good characters, not too heavy on the action. Thoughtfully written.
Janet Gardner
I picked this up on a take-a-book/leave-a-book shelf on a whim and am glad I did.
Pretty good book.
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“Finally she said, "When I grow up, I'm going to live out here. I'll probably be a Miss Somebody, too..."
Don't grow up," I told her. "It only gets more confusing.”
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