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Love Bomb

A Novel

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Description

An inventive, mordantly funny novel about love, marriage, stalkers, and the indignities of parenthood

In quaint Haddonfield, New Jersey, Tess is about to marry Gabe in her childhood home. Her mother, Helen, is in a panic about the guests, who include warring exes, crying babies, jealous girlfriends, and too many psychiatrists. But the most difficult guest was never on the list at all: a woman in a wedding dress and a gas mask, armed with a rifle, a bomb trigger strapped to her arm.

Lisa Zeidner's audacious novel Love Bomb begins as a hostage drama and blossoms into a far-reaching tale about the infinite varieties of passion and heartbreak.

Who has offended this nutcase, and how? Does she seek revenge against the twice-divorced philanderer? Or is her agenda political—against the army general? Or the polygamous Muslim from Mali? While the warm, wise Helen attempts to bond with the masked woman and control the hysteria, the hostages begin to untangle what connects them to one another, and to their captor. But not until the SWAT team arrives does "the terrorist of love" unveil her real motives . . .

Critics have praised Lisa Zeidner's prose for its "unforced edginess and power"; her fiction "shines with humor, wisdom, and poignancy." In her most masterful novel yet, Zeidner gives us a tough yet tender social comedy, a romance with guts, a serious frolic written out of deep affection for all that it skewers.

From Publishers Weekly

Jul 30, 2012 – Zeidner’s newest (after Layover) is a quirky and surreal tale of love gone very wrong. Helen Burns is hosting her daughter Tess’s wedding at Helen’s quiet, unremarkable home in suburban New Jersey. But the festivities are cut short when an armed woman—wedding gowned, clown socked, and gas masked—takes the group hostage. But what she’s after, no one knows. Tess and Gabriel, both altruistic folks who met while working for Doctors Without Borders, are unlikely targets, but a few guests suspect their African friends of playing a part. Or maybe the woman’s a crazed fan after Gabriel’s sister’s famous boyfriend. One by one, guests wrack their brains for possible offenses and confess their sins to their captor. But only Helen, a psychotherapist, makes progress, and as the SWAT team prepares to storm the house, she might be the only one who can get the masked woman to disclose her secrets and release the guests. Zeidner packs in too many characters in this zany Bel Canto, and the hostage-taker’s big reveal isn’t earth-shattering, but the author’s gallows humor ably carries the story.
Love Bomb
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Literary
  • Published: Sep 04, 2012
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Seller: Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
  • Print Length: 272 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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