Warren Adler : Mourning Glory : Random Hearts : Book Review

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Mourning

(Reviewed by Judi Clark AUG 05,

Grace Sorentino has just fired with the oddest

For the past three years worked as a cosmetologist at Saks Avenue in affluent Palm Florida. Although, considered with her degree in cosmetology, just one more of the working barely able to make meet as a single mom. Her apartment in Palm Court is, by any a dump, requiring her teenage to sleep on a studio couch. struggling to make car payments and she has no for anything to change.

In her daughter’s she’s a loser. Sixteen-year-old is too … precocious, too manipulative and ambitious for their present condition, worrying Grace more as to how she’s going to her daughter in school and out of trouble, mind, getting her into Basically life is passing her by no prospects for a mate or a better job.

And doing the best she can is, in eyes, what hurts knowing that this is the you can do.

Then on this particular Mrs. Milton-hyphen-something and her unlimited stops at her cosmetic counter for a Try as she might, Grace is unable to the wrinkles and any attempt at an explanation off as arrogance or rudeness. So when the rings after her customer she knows its Mrs. Pamela the store manager.

Mrs. Burns hasn’t a but to fire Grace, since Milton-Dennison spends nearly a dollars a year and wants gone. But Mrs. Burns can see Grace’s greatest asset can be put to use.

Grace still has a shapely figure and is a beauty. So Burns, in her tell-it-like-it-is style, Grace to go hunting for Mr. Big Bucks.

yourself an older wealthy a widower, fresh from the ground, someone who in his vulnerability can a good-looking woman like to share his bed and his fortune.

Grace is aback as Mrs. Burns out the plan as to how one might accomplish a rich, preferably Jewish, She’s convinced that Burns is playing with her and be serious, even when Burns admits this is how she got her husband.

Taking her generous check from Mrs. Grace heads home for of anywhere else to be. Here receives one more shock, as she Jackie strenuously engaged in a … escapade with a hard body with a shaved head.

Basically has traded her body with swatiska wearing, knife skinhead, for a month of rides to on his motorcycle, blaming it on her mother for not her a car.

Feeling a complete failure as a and a role model, Grace to think about Mrs. advice. Perhaps she should try to her and Jackie out of this economic swirl.

But when she finally and meets her target, things work out exactly as prescribed. For one she’s supposed to think this as a business transaction and her heart out of it.

Adler writes novel from two perspectives, of Grace Sorrentino and from of Sam Goodwin, alternating as appropriate. He gives motivation to Grace in her economic situation and home And the details of her escapade, from to finish are intriguing, as well as us anxious each time tells another pack of to Sam.

Sam, on the other is a grieving widower and sincerely Anne, whom he eulogizes as vivacious, giving, a loyal and wife, a cherished pal. As as he and Anne had the appearance of the perfect Sam has his secrets. And he is fast becoming to Grace for her presence.

Adler’s is light, darkly humorous, but obsessive. He has Anne and Sam repeat of their thoughts over and While reading it, I questioned the but in hindsight I see that this brings out the deeper truth and by enabling all facets of the emotion to be

It is also what ingrains story to memory. Whereas writers might stall the technique, Adler maintains momentum throughout the entire

I like Mourning Glory for the reasons that I like Hearts. Adler sets up a and then plays it out exploring the workings that go on within of the two main characters. In Mourning he begins with the initial outlining the methodology in which a could find Mr.

Big Bucks, as as exploring what would a woman do this. But then he it further asking what happen if a man finds happiness a woman who set out to bilk him? exactly is an honest relationship?

How one know the real thing? maybe finding love the grieving period is not as wrong as appearance would have it. But again, can lies be reconciled to any

Adler gets at the emotional of relationships letting us feel the of what goes on between two

Amazon readers’ rating: 26 reviews

Read an excerpt Mourning Glory at the author’s

Random Hearts

(Reviewed by Clark NOV 26, 1990)

Now here’s an premise. Two people are having a affair. Not a soul in the world about them, nor even To have some treasured together and sort out their they plan a four day get to the Florida Keys. They tell their respective, spouses that they are on business trips.

He says be taking the Concorde to Paris; she she’ll be at a fashion show in As planned, they board the headed for Miami using the of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Marlboro. take off the plane crashes, all on board.

No one misses them for four

Meanwhile, the crash investigation is pulling bodies and accounting for the list until at last discover the real identities of the couple. So what should the investigator say to the respective spouses he finally puts together the of the puzzle? Can they be protected the truth when a Federal is bound to look into the spouses motivations? Once how does each spouse the betrayal?

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And the really big question: how is it they didn’t know their spouses betrayal?

I Random Hearts about six ago and with this much time was just going to let the slip by. After all, not a book I would normally I received it in the mail by someone with the book and began the as a dutiful read.

But then one lead to another page and so on I was so involved I had to finish it. The book is not the language is not outstanding, but the characters and emotions are lasting. This will not leave me alone.

does an incredible job of striking so with the sense of betrayal he ultimately gets to the core of

I recommend reading Random . It’s quick but worth it. And I recommend the book over the I have not seen the movie and the is not at all accurate to the book, nor does it the depth of exploration, though, to its it does recreate the mood of the

Probably what Adler best with Random is to have the only motivation for the two spouses is their need to get at the — just a basic to know. And the motivation works Adler so skillfully gets at the of trust and the breaking of that He also succeeds in the randomness of and love and finally forgiveness.

while reading the book, I to imagine Harrison Ford the role of Edward Davis. it didn’t fit and it didn’t improve the I dropped the visuals. It is a shame they didn’t make a of this book.

Amazon rating: from 18 reviews

an excerpt from Random at the author’s website

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Warren Adler was in Brooklyn, New York and graduated New York University with a in English literature. After he attended writing classes at the New in New York, where his classmates Mario Puzo, William among others. After from NYU, Adler for the New York Daily News becoming the editor of the Queens a prize-winning weekly Long newspaper. His column, Pepper on the was widely syndicated.

Serving in the Army during the War, he was the Washington Correspondent for Forces Press Service in the His by-line went out all over the and appeared in every publication put out by the Navy, Marine Corps, Air and Coast Guard.

Prior to a novelist, Adler had a distinguished career. He owned four stations and a TV station, ran his own public and advertising agency in Washington, and co-founded Washington Dossier with his wife and son.

he is not writing, Mr. Adler lectures on writing, motion picture and the future of Electronic Books. He is the of the Jackson Hole Writer’s and has been Chairman of the Board of of the Jackson Hole Public one of the most important libraries in the

He is married to the former Sonia a magazine editor. He was three David, Jonathan and Michael and his time between New York and Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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