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Frank’s Coffee Shop on Manhattan’s Lower East Side becomes a safe haven for Tobias Jordan, a paparazzi-phobic 90s rock star, drawn to the obscurity of the dingy hole-in-the-wall, and Philip Glessner, a disgraced architect, who ducks inside to elude a posse of blood-thirsty reporters. What keeps both coming back is their waitress, Priscilla Vanderpool, who becomes an improb ...more
Paperback, 390 pages
Published September 26th 2014 by Woodstock Press (first published December 3rd 2011)
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Julie
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: architecture
An interesting story about two men and one woman whose lives become intertwined. Priscilla, a woman who cannot get her life together, provides inspiration for these two men and helps them straighten out their lives before she figures out what to do with hers.
Letisha Stanton
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
This was a fascinating read. I found once I sat down and started to read, I was completely addicted to the characters. Being wrapped up in a book has never been easier.
Candy
Jun 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Priscilla is a waitress at Frank’s Coffee Shop, a dive in Manhattan. She is in her early 30’s and is going nowhere fast. Her track record with boyfriends is lousy, to say the least. She seems to only attract guys that are unable to find direction in their lives.

Enter Phillip and Tobias. Separately they both find their way into Frank’s Coffee Shop and into Priscilla’s life.

Phil has been eating breakfast, if you can call it that, at the coffee shop for months now. By the way he dresses, Priscilla
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Melanie Rose
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Alligators in the Trees is an artfully written tale weaving together the lives of three New Yorkers from vastly different walks of life. Ms Hamilton has a true talent for creating her characters; I really felt like I got inside their world, got to know them and appreciate how they played out their story with one another. They are likable, interesting, sometimes ornery and best of all believable! I love this book as it is full of wit and charm as well as being heartfelt and truly unpredictable. I ...more
John M.
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read Cynthia Hamilton's novel, Lucky at Love, and loved it. Being a serial reader when I discover an author whose work I admire, I moved next to Alligators in the Trees, and found myself similarly intrigued by her superlative writing.

A pair of serendipitous intersections captivated me in reading this fine book: the analysis of the creative process (in this case a singer-songwriter) and a character stalled at a crossroads in her life, desperate for a change. Priscilla, introduced as a diner wai
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Kimberly Raimondi-rinyu
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm not sure how to express my feelings for this book. It was one of those books I didn't want to put down - it held my curiosity, wanting to know the next move of each of the 3 main characters. As the story progressed , I had torn feelings for how I thought it might end, or which direction it would go. I loved this book until the end. It left my empty, confused and questioning. - what happen? Without giving away spoilers, I'm sitting here wondering what happens next for one of the main characte ...more
Pernette
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The characters are likable enough. Though they had problems dealing with other people and indecisive about what they wanted to do. The story line is not bad. However, this book just dragged. I could not wait for it to end.
Cynthia Graham
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Frank's Diner is a run-down, hole-in-the-wall. It is the kind of place where the owner is too cheap to purchase new name tags for his employees and instead forces them to assume the identity of the last unfortunate employee. It is not the kind of place waitress Priscilla expects to meet two extraordinary men, one a gifted and generous architect down on his luck, the other the rock star of her teenage dreams. But we never know what life will toss our way and the men are equally as surprised at Pr ...more
Carolyn Injoy
Sep 02, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cynthia Hamilton fans, those who like LOTS of dialogue
Recommended to Carolyn by: Amazon
I received a free kindle copy of Alligators in the Trees by Cynthia Hamilton from Amazon. Sadly, I rated it a three.
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I did like the characters. Priscilla is a lyric writing waitress. Phil is a down on his luck architect who had a daughter that is his saving grace. Tobias is a former rock star. They intersect at Frank's a dive of a restaurant. It started out with a lot of potential but have to admit it DRAGGED. I kept thinking it would improve but there was too much introspection & chatter t
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Cristina
Il lettore perdoni il mio inglese che nonostante tutti i miei sforzi non raggiunge il livello che vorrei. Sigh.

Here are the stories of Priscilla, a waitress, Phil, an Architect in a dire financial situation (he's also divorcing) and Tobias, former Rock star, with the required wife, model girlfriend, expensive and superficial life style, and creative crisis. All of them are at the verge of a tourning point in their lives.

In a way, this is the same old story: girl meets two men, Mister right, and
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John Dolan
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
‘Alligators in the Trees’ is a gentle meditation on relationships and self-doubt, and centres around three main characters living in New York City. Priscilla is a thirtysomething waitress in a greasy spoon restaurant presided over by its volatile owner, Frank. Lacking in confidence, and disillusioned by too many unsatisfactory relationships, Priscilla appears to have reached a dead end in her life and dreams of heading south to start anew – but to start what exactly? Philip is an architect whose ...more
Stacye
Sep 26, 2015 rated it liked it
This is an interesting, if somewhat predictable story about well-developed characters. It's clear the author did her homework. My only dissatisfaction was with the dialogue. I found it stilted and peppered with words and phrases not usually used in casual conversation. Several times I actually stopped and read the passage again, just to be sure I didn't add a word or something. There were also a couple of misspelled words and words used incorrectly. These things made me wonder just how much edit ...more
Marilyn
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actually they are everywhere!

I enjoyed reading this book but it seemed to loose something in the last chapters! I was dissappointed in the character's actions. I felt the ending just came up way too quickly and no real reason why she chose the way she did?
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I have been writing since 2000, when a collection of bizarre physical problems forced me to find a creative outlet I could pursue from bed, if it came to that. Since then, I've written several novels and two memoirs. I love creating characters and setting them down in situations to see how they react. Most of my stories spring entirely from my overly-fertile imagination. My latest—Girl Trap—is the ...more