Seeing Me Naked

Seeing Me Naked

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Her father is a cult novelist and living legend. Her mother is a fashionable socialite. And her brother is the rising star of the LA literary scene. It's no wonder Elisabeth Page feels intimidated. It wouldn't be so bad if her own life wasn't frozen in time. Romantically, she's still involved with her childhood sweetheart - a journalist who she barely sees anymore, let alone trusts. And despite working for one of LA's hottest restaurants, her five-year plan to run her own patisserie has morphed into an eleven-year plan to nowhere. But then she meets Daniel, who finally gives her a taste of how incredible her future really could be - if only she could drop everything and let him see her as she really is...But can Daniel ever be more than just flavour of the month? Elisabeth is about to find more

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 26mm | 117.93g
  • Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Hodder Paperback
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0340898216
  • 9780340898215
  • 737,115

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Slick and highly readable Elle 'A subtly sophisticated romance that outclasses most of the genre's other offerings... If it sounds chick litty, it is, but consider it haute chick lit. Palmer's prose is sharp, her characters are solid and her narrative is laced with moments of graceful sentiment' Publisher's Weekly PRAISE FOR CONVERSATIONS WITH THE FAT GIRL: 'Engaging and poignant and heartbreakingly real, Liza Palmer's tale of best friends, true love and just what size happily-ever-after wears is a winning conversation' Jennifer Weiner, bestselling author of GOOD IN BED 'Pardon the pun, but CONVERSATIONS WITH THE FAT GIRL is far from lightweight. Its message about self image and the power of attitude in making positive change is delivered in a snappy fashion. In a word: genuine.' Herald Sun Palmer's likable characters and snappy dialogue make this novel stand out from the crowd, and it's sure to attract fans of Jennifer Weiner... Booklist Smart, funny and heartbreakingly honest. Johanna Edwards, bestselling author of THE NEXT BEST THINGshow more

About Liza Palmer

Liza Palmer lives in Pasadena, with her dog, Poet. She has written two plays that were performed in Los Angeles and is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts-West. This is her second more

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Palmer (Conversations with the Fat Girl, 2005) returns with a romantic comedy about the adventures and woes of Elisabeth Page, a celebrated L.A. pastry chef who can't escape the shadow of her world-renowned novelist father. In a book that depends too much on interior monologue, Elisabeth drones on about never reaching the bar set by her snobbish family. Her unhappiness is further evidenced by a nonexistent social schedule and a sex life reduced to the occasional rendezvous with childhood neighbor Will, a reporter constantly traveling on assignment. Used to her solitary routine and fearful of commitment, Elisabeth gets her world flipped upside down when she meets Daniel Sullivan at one of her mother's charity balls. Her career simultaneously gets a boost when she's offered the chance to star in her own Food Network show. But these intriguing plot twists get buried beneath Elisabeth's constant and excruciating self-analysis. Getting banged over the head by metaphor - Elisabeth exerts the same control over baking that she does over her private life - also becomes tiring. A secondary story involving a growing friendship with a coworker and his pregnant wife is meant to illustrate Elisabeth's gradual embracing of happiness, but it feels forced and unnatural. The physical descriptions are weak and the dialogue - though at times sharp and witty - is mostly cliched or unrealistic. This plot has all the right ingredients - an opulent, dysfunctional family, handsome men and vibrant settings - but the protagonist is so irritating that the story flops. Elisabeth says it best: "Apparently, when I'm not being a pompous asshole or a know-it-all, I have very little to say."Painfully unfunny. (Kirkus Reviews)show more