Claire Newbold is not your typical heroine. Smart and sexy, yes, but she's also been known to sneak into a hotel room or two without paying, seduce a teenager in wet bathing trunks, and just check out of things altogether--like her job. And her marriage. No wonder, though. Claire's been careening off heartbreak. Her only child has died, she may be infertile, and her husband has had an affair.No longer a mother, not sure she wants to be a wife, Claire moves from hotel to hotel, basking in the anonymity of travel and forbidden sex. She even comes to believe she is clairvoyant, able to "read" into the souls of others. Eventually she begins to see into her own soul as she ponders whether or not to return home. As she struggles to repair her marriage and her life, Claire surprises herself -- and us -- by emerging with a new sense of redemption.
- Paperback | 286 pages
- 134.62 x 200.66 x 17.78mm | 68.04g
- 01 Jun 2000
- HARPER PERENNIAL
- United States
- black & white illustrations
"The novel rocks with great sexy scenes, in which Zeidner's fine writing is on glorious display.""New York Times Book Review"Indelible. . . Early on, you read Layover as a thriller. . . But Layover gradually metamorphoses into a much deeper sort of novel about marriage, pain and the fantasy of flight.""Newsweek"Zeidner's writing is like her heroine: taut, intelligent, and seductive.""The New Yorker"Layover. . . has a terrific, unforced edginess and power--it's no accident that the author Lisa Zeidner is a poet. And there are moments when she simply rips out your heart and hands it to you.""Chicago Tribune"Marvelous. . . Layover is that rarest of books, one to be read again and again.""Newsweek"Zeidner's prose crackles. . . . Zeidner has fun with language and character and takes us to an absolutely perfect ending.""Seattle Times"Sleek and smoothly flowing. . . . Includes passages of maternal grief and longing so poignant they make one's throat ache.""Washington Post Book World"Layover moves quickly and is written with a contemporary, hip flare. . . . The chapters are quick and the story addictive, making layover hard to put down.""Atlanta Journal Constitution"This is a novel that shines with humor, wisdom, and poignancy.""Austin Chronicle"One of the ten best books of the year."--Amazon.comA New York Times Notable Book of the Year.--New York Times Book Review "Smart and satisfying...idiosyncratic and original, Lisa Zeidner's novel and its clearly bold heroine are memorable and moving."--Boston Globe