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Such a Pretty Face

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In this warm, funny, thoroughly candid novel, acclaimed author Cathy Lamb introduces an unforgettable heroine who's half the woman she used to be, and about to find herself for the first time. . .

Two years and 170 pounds ago, Stevie Barrett was wheeled into an operating room for surgery that most likely saved her life. Since that day, a new Stevie has emerged, one who walks without wheezing, plants a garden for self-therapy, and builds and paints fantastical wooden chairs. At thirty-five, Stevie is the one thing she never thought she'd be: thin.

But for everything that's changed, some things remain the same. Stevie's shyness refuses to melt away. She still can't look her neighbors' gorgeous great-nephew in the eye. The Portland law office where she works remains utterly dysfunctional, as does her family--the aunt, uncle, and cousins who took her in when she was a child. To top it off, her once supportive best friend clearly resents her weight loss.

By far the biggest challenge in Stevie's new life lies in figuring out how to define her new self. Collaborating with her cousins to plan her aunt and uncle's problematic fortieth anniversary party, Stevie starts to find some surprising answers--about who she is, who she wants to be, and how the old Stevie evolved in the first place. And with each revelation, she realizes the most important part of her transformation may not be what she's lost, but the courage and confidence she's gathering, day by day.

As achingly honest as it is witty, Such A Pretty Face is a richly insightful novel of one woman's search for love, family, and acceptance, of the pain we all carry--and the wonders that can happen when we let it go at last.

Outstanding Praise For Cathy Lamb And Her Novels

Henry's Sisters
An Indie Next List Notable Book

"A story of strength and reconciliation and change."
--The Sunday Oregonian

"Lamb delivers grace, humor and forgiveness. . .positively irresistible."
--Publishers Weekly

"If you loved Terms of Endearment, the Ya Ya Sisterhood, and Steel Magnolias, you will love Henry's Sisters. Cathy Lamb just keeps getting better and better."
--The Three Tomatoes Book Club

The Last Time I Was Me

"Charming."--Publishers Weekly

Julia's Chocolates

"Julia's Chocolates is wise, tender, and very funny. In Julia Bennett, Cathy Lamb has created a deeply wonderful character, brave and true. I loved this beguiling novel about love, friendship and the enchantment of really good chocolate."
--Luanne Rice, New York Times bestselling author

From Publishers Weekly

Jun 14, 2010 – A 30-something's makeover hits a few snags in Lamb's wan latest. Stevie Barrett has lost 170 pounds since she had a heart attack at age 32, but she still struggles with the same old dysfunctions: horrifying memories of her insane mother drowning her sister, the toxic uncle who raised her, and deep insecurities that see her sabotaging herself at every turn. Adjusting to her new body, Stevie struggles to carve a self-image as she helps her cousins plan their parents' 40th anniversary party and battles a moral dilemma at the law firm where she works as a legal assistant. Lamb (The Last Time I Was Me) writes with an acute sensitivity in the quiet sections where Stevie plans her garden and contemplates the ramifications of her dramatic physical change, but these pleasant moments are drowned out by extended slapstick sequences in which her uncle and, in flashback, her mother, display the same outrageous behaviors over and over. Stevie's a winning heroine, but the underdeveloped support cast dominate too much of her show.

Customer Reviews

Such a Pretty Face

I have read all of Cathy Lamb's books. I admire the way she addresses real, contemporary issues in her stories. I find that as I read each book, I am drawn to the protagonist, Ms. Lamb's heroines are flawed characters. They struggle with challenges in their lives and are usually their own worst critic.
I will say, however, that the books themselves are flawed. The bad guys are always very, very bad. The good guys are always very, very good. There is no nuance in the ways they are portrayed. For this reason, I give this book, and indeed all of Cathy Lamb's novels no higher rating than a 4.
I look forward to seeing Ms. Lamb's future novels developing with more complex characters,. The issues in the books are complex and they deserve to be presented by complex, true to humane nature humans.

Such a Pretty Face
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  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Aug 01, 2010
  • Publisher: Kensington
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 480 Pages
  • Language: English
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