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Side Effects: A New Orleans Love Story

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New Orleans's idiosyncrasies have been embraced by the world; Patty Friedmann gives us a tender, hilarious portrait of them in her new novel Side Effects. Set in N.O. Drugstore where hardscrabble black Pigeontown meets stuffy white Tulane, Side Effects is peopled with the true New Orleans oddballs who scuffle between the Seasonal Specials and Depends aisles — all in full v ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Counterpoint (first published 2005)
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Angela
Aug 06, 2012 Angela rated it it was amazing
This book described New Orleans with perfection. The city, the streets, the neighborhoods! The dialogue was amazing, along with the New Orleans slang and unique perspective. The interconnectedness of the characters was just brilliant, and their differences, yet similarities are uncanny. I was fortunate enough to purchase this book from my favorite used book store, and I am so glad I did! What a journey through the lives that we live here, the difficulty of the clash of cultures, at times! A must ...more
Leigh G
Mar 21, 2008 Leigh G rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-once
Having a hard time with this one - writing seems choppy & conversations disconnected - maybe I'm just tired?
Angie
Choppy writing. Calling it "A New Orleans Love story" seems to be only attempt to draw on a buyer's love of NOLA when the story itself could've been set in any racially divided city in the U.S. (and there are many).

The attempts to flesh out the characters of Lennon and Vendetta felt more like ways to stretch out a story that never really went anywhere. Things jumped from one thing to the next without much explanation. Conversations between characters didn't explain anything half of the time.

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Aviva
Apr 11, 2011 Aviva rated it really liked it
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Lindsay L
Sep 06, 2007 Lindsay L rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
For anyone who misses New Orleans desperately, this chick-lit novel provides a fun escape back into that world - one full of oak trees draped with Spanish Moss, spicy crawfish and enough local dialect to make you feel like you're drinking a daiquiri and staring at the Mississippi River. Vacuous enough to shove in a tote bag for a trip to the beach or a long plane ride, "Side Effects" entertains the reader with plenty of female drama - family fights, love affairs, mom issues and naturally the rol ...more
Stephen Scarbrough
Jul 04, 2013 Stephen Scarbrough rated it it was amazing
First of all, go read anything you can get your hands on that Patty Friedmann has written. Her characters are unique and brilliantly developed and her stories are anything but ordinary. Side Effects is no exception. You will laugh uncontrollably at times, but there is some delicious darkness beneath the surface in these characters and their scary families. I have read this book three times now. Patty Friedmann writes stories about the real New Orleans--not the romanticized French quarter that ha ...more
Rosie
Mar 31, 2014 Rosie rated it did not like it
The style of writing is kind of odd to me and it is a bit hard to follow. Not sure I am going to finish this book. I am sure the story is great but the writing is weird.
Angie
May 03, 2015 Angie rated it did not like it
I cannot finish it. It's writing is too choppy and hard to follow. Too many great books out there to waste my time finishing this one.
Diane
Apr 18, 2009 Diane rated it really liked it
"Set in N.O. Drugstore where hardscrabble black Pigeontown meets stuffy white Tulane, Side Effects is peopled with the true New Orleans oddballs who scuffle between the Seasonal Specials and Depends aisles — all in full view of the pharmacy staff. Proudly plump blonde Luciana Jambon, dreadlocked and neatly compulsive Lennon Israel, and up-from-the-'hood Vendetta Greene have their own dramas of romance and friendship.
A wacky and suspenseful story of family conflict and a death under suspicious ci
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Darlene
Nov 21, 2007 Darlene rated it liked it
This is a New Orleans author who really captures some of the New Orleans characters. The plots of her novels are not particularly special but the characters are great, especially if you know and love New Orleans.
Patty Friedmann
Jan 15, 2011 Patty Friedmann rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Another favorite among my works-pre-dated Katrina by a matter of weeks.
Nora
Nov 25, 2007 Nora rated it it was amazing
I'm telling you what, this woman can construct a serious sentence.
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