Suzanne Rosenwasser's Reviews > Finding Clarity: A Mom, A Dwarf and a Posh Private School in the People's Republic of Berkeley

Finding Clarity by Laura Novak
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Dec 17, 11

it was amazing
Read in November, 2011 — I own a copy

Make way for Clari Drake - and for author, Laura Novak who has imbued her lead character with the guts and humor a girl needs to haul around a rear end that holds a perpetual care contract with Weight Watchers. Not to mention Mrs. Drake's other baggage, all of which she carries with a lovable mania.

Novak's mystery takes place in Berkley, (known to others as Berzerkley), California and offers the reader a good look into the "village people" from the ridiculous heights of their manors in the Hills to the communist depths of the seedy, Ice Pick Cafe. In these environs Mrs. Drake begins FINDING CLARITY about the dark-doings of the pseudo-academics who have commandeered her sons' beloved private school, the posh and well-respected, Bidwell-Coggins (B-C).

Novak has a knack for nailing human idiosyncracies and she has dealt out a fair share to her Berkley buddies in FINDING CLARITY, but the author's true talent appears in the threads of integrity sewn into the fabric of her tale. Moral behavior represents itself in the characters of Clari and her friends- Elspeth Waldron, the Queen of Patchouli Oil and a Buddhist of the Eight Fold Path and Sydney Green, B-C Dean of Students who is "self-possessed, proud and unique, like an exotic black pearl in an ocean of manufactured beads," among others.

DOWNLOAD this ebook to your nearest Kindle device today. Take Clari Drake with you on your rounds, sit with her while you get your oil changed or wait for a root canal. I promise, spending time with Novak's clever repartee will while away your time and make you want to take a ttrip to the Ice Pick for a Soviet Sub.

The even better news? Clari Drake has gotten herself involved in something else that is none of her business, so another mystery will unfold for e-readers soon. In the meantime, find yourself a bit of clarity today.

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