A Sign of the Eighties

A Sign of the Eighties

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  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 140 x 220mm
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • Grafton
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0246132620
  • 9780246132628

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Grazing the Cosmo banquet of Yuppie hors d'oeuvres, Bloomingdale's personal shoppers, Jewish excess and WASP stocism, Parent (Sheila Levine is Dead and Living in New York, A Little Bit Married) reheats a dish still stale under its 80's high-cuisine seasonings. Shelley Silver, who in the 60's burned her bra at the University of Michigan, at 35 now burns to marry Mickey Burke, whom she met in the bagel line at Zabar's. A successful caterer of bar mitzvahs, anniversaries, and corporate dinners, she owns Krizia sweaters and co-op shares. Still. she yearns to plug in her microwave oven on a more permanent basis. She wants to bear Mickey's baby; but Mickey, a Woody Allen look-alike, is a TV sit-corn writer with two Jewish mothers (his own and her lover, Aunt Minn) and an inability to commit. Though Mickey loves Shelley (whose new hairdresser winds her black curls too tight), he's attracted to blondes ("The more money Mickey made, the lighter the hair he tell for"). The blonde of choice is Astra Rainbow, 22, a flower-child sort who, at the age of five, pushed a boy to his death. Now Mickey's secretary, Astra craves normality, although her ultimate desire is to be a nun. Mickey wrangles an invitation to Astra's Ohio Granny's for Christmas ("He would love to be someplace where they actually knew the turkey before they ate it"). There, dining on tuna casseroles and Jello molds, this watered-down Annie Hall family plays out a Gentile scenario. Once back in New York, Shelley, Mickey. and Astra form a shifting triangle as they struggle to achieve marriage, a baby, real estate, and a shrink. Defined by the labels on their clothes and the cut of their hair, Parent's characters are shtick figures whose recycled wit is no longer very funny. But for the trendie who wants to know "how long it takes to get a good brunch reservation." the novel offers a few tips. (Kirkus Reviews)show more