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Civic Beauties

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Now back in print: The prophetic comic novel of Presidential politics and mischief-making twin daughters. Hailed by Midwest Book Review as "a witty, inventive, unique, engaging, laugh-a-minute novel of pure delight." From the author of the underground cult classic "Youth in Revolt: The Journals of Nick Twisp."
Paperback, 252 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by Aivia Pr
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While at times this book was quite funny, I don't think the "musical novel" quite translated. It was a great idea, and there were some very inventive narrative devices, but the constant switching between the character POVs was a bit poorly executed, and the "songs" were just kind of bizarre. Still, Payne's humor and use of language were able to shine at times, and that is when I truly enjoyed the book. Unforunately, I don't think there was enough of that there to make this book really hold my in...more
While this novel has moments of C.D. Payne humor, overall it was quite a disappointment. I appreciated the 'Nick and Sheeni-esque' attributes of the dialogue, but this 'musical novel' can't come anywhere near to capturing the uniqueness of 'Youth In Revolt'. A clever idea that got more and more bizarre and illogical as the pages turned.
Andrew Gruen
Meh. I liked the concept, but it just isn't quite executed right. Amusing but slow.
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Author and showman C.D. Payne was born in Akron, Ohio in 1949 (making him a contemporary of Richard Gere and Meryl Streep). He spent his early years in West Virginia and southern Ohio, moving back to Akron while still a mere tot.

He went to public schools in Akron, and then graduated from Harvard College, where he majored in history and participated in the annual spring riot. In 1971 he moved to Ca...more
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