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Babette Bliss, the decidedly modern heroine of this comical novel, suffers from an unsettling problem: ambivalence. She has taken leave from her job with an avant-garde New York theater to face her dilemmas concerning marriage, career, and soul. Should she forgive her philandering husband, George Harrison, an Iowa-raised corporate lawyer with an uncanny resemblance to Babette's favorite Beatle? Is it time, in fact, for her and George to have a baby? Or should she have an affair? She is thrown into even deeper confusion when Shara-Rose, her leather-clad therapist, decides to give up her practice to become a rock star.
No matter where Babette looks, abandonment is everywhere. So can she really desert her theater, at a time when the company is faced with eviction? To sort things out, she decides to live by herself againonly to team up with an unexpected roommate.
Filled with subtle irony and insight, URBAN BLISS is a humorous and touching novel that takes up age-old problems and sheds a '90s light on them.
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...a ruefully funny, wickedly observant take on urban angst.
Eidus has a spirited voice and a sly affection for her characters. Eidus' exploration of the place of fidelity in modern culture is provocative and wise.
NEW YORK NEWSDAY
With characters as vivid as dueling identical twin sisters on Ricki Lake...URBAN BLISS is a funny slice of city life...
LOS ANGELES READER
Janice Eidus [works out] of that strenuous laboratory of postmodern irony and humor. URBAN BLISS is a very original and funny novel. Eidus takes chances and straddles the abyss between lost innocence and the always changing future.
THE SAN FRANCISCO REVIEW OF BOOKS
[A] whimsical, clean, and fast-paced read, both sexy and savvy, about punctured promises and deception .... Eidus' seriously funny world [is] anything but safe.
THE REVIEW OF CONTEMPORARY FICTION
[Here's] Eidus' fiction in an envelope: deeply urban, playfully iconoclastic, unconventionally conventional, meticulously tuned to myriad voices and social registers...each day just a little different than the day before.
A sharp, sassy love song to New York....
AMERICAN BOOK REVIEW
Reading URBAN BLISS is sheer pleasure--alive and cheeky and funny and smart (sweet, too) without ever straining for any of its effects; plus, its 90s Manhattanites are the best gang of eccentrics-with-an-edge this side of "Seinfeld." Ever since I discovered her fiction, I've been convinced that Janice Eidus is a bona-fide original and telling everyone to check out her work.
TOM DEHAVEN, author of DERBY DUGAN'S DEPRESSION FUNNIES
No one walks the thin line between comedy and tragedy better than Janice Eidus. Her characters are wisecracking, fiercely intelligent men and women who find themselves lost in the 90s without a road map. URBAN BLISS is a darkly funny amalgamation of urban bliss and urban desperation.
MARY MACKEY, author of THE YEAR THE HORSES CAME