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Rockville Pike: A Suburban Comedy of Manners #2020

Rockville Pike A Suburban Comedy of Manners Jane Kramer never imagined a life selling discount furniture and commuting between grocery stores and soccer fields via minivan But when her father in law has a heart attack she and her husband Leon

  • Title: Rockville Pike: A Suburban Comedy of Manners
  • Author: Susan Coll
  • ISBN: 9780743244770
  • Page: 202
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Rockville Pike: A Suburban Comedy of Manners By Susan Coll, Jane Kramer never imagined a life selling discount furniture and commuting between grocery stores and soccer fields via minivan But when her father in law has a heart attack, she and her husband, Leon, trade in their glamorous New York life for a stint running the family business on Rockville Pike, a tributary of the suburban sprawl line extending outward from Washington,Jane Kramer never imagined a life selling discount furniture and commuting between grocery stores and soccer fields via minivan But when her father in law has a heart attack, she and her husband, Leon, trade in their glamorous New York life for a stint running the family business on Rockville Pike, a tributary of the suburban sprawl line extending outward from Washington, D.C Kramer s Discount Furniture Depot sits away from several lanes of traffic, near the tombstone of Zelda and F Scott Fitzgerald It is here that Jane escapes each day at lunchtime to ponder her confusing turn in life At age forty one, she has a teenage Goth son, her husband is increasingly overweight and quick tempered, and their business is in a state of crisis, both financially and legally Jane finds herself wishing for something First, add to the mix Delia, a mysterious and strangely predatory patio furniture saleswoman who seems to have her sights set on Leon, and then an attack on the store expansion plans by historic preservationists When potentially disturbing findings about Delia s past come to light, Jane finds herself learning that, despite life s reversals, it is possible to reinvent herself by tapping into talents and desires she didn t realize she still had Rockville Pike is a smart, witty, and funny read that revels in the joy of discovering what life has in store.

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    1. Written by a local author about the furniture business her family had on Rockville Pike, a thoroughfare I have driven in Rockville, MD countless times Read this awhile back so memory is a bit fuzzy, but I recall this being a novel although it reads just like a memoir The author is feisty and it was an interesting read.

    2. I thought this was going to suck terribly, but I needed some light fluff after Watchmen I was pleasantly surprised the book was pretty entertaining and not as vapid as I expected Coll does a good job capturing the ennui, conformity, and excess consumption of the suburbs I can t say I d recommend this book, but neither did I consider it a waste of time.

    3. I was interested to see where the story would go, but overall, it wasn t an enjoyable book I didn t find the main character particularly sympathetic, though I did understand her motivations I just didn t like her And the ending was wrapped up a bit too neatly.

    4. Had higher hopes for this book, I just didn t like the main character at all, never warmed up to her There are some cute parts, but overall it s not that good.

    5. A mediocre but entertaining light novel about a wife and mother in Rockville, MD, unhappily enlisted to help run her husband s family s furniture store on suburban strip mall Rockville Pike Jane Kramer spends the novel getting into scrapes and resolving issues with her marriage and job.It gets an extra star from me because I was tickled to read a book set less than one mile from my house, that includes as a fairly significant plot point the one interesting factoid about Rockville besides the R.E [...]

    6. Sometimes, you pick up a book expecting just a light read, something to do between the Great Works of Literature you ve been meaning to get around to, and you get to be pleasantly surprised by the fact that the book you ve just picked up is one of the best recent written ones that you ve read in a long time I had the pleasure of having that experience with Rockville Pike Rockville Pike was a great novel It was funny, it was touching, and over, the author had obviously put a great deal of thought [...]

    7. Mediocre chick lit, but with an occasional good moment I picked it up because I grew up in Rockville Knowing the setting made it a bit interesting, but didn t do anything to improve the story.

    8. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Rockville Pike, so than Coll s other regional novel Acceptance which deals with high schoolers applying to college in our suburban MD competitive culture This novel follows a 40 something wife and mother who is dealing with a struggling marriage, a failing business, and a Goth teenager What I could identify with as a 40 something wife and mother in the same suburban region was her humorous observations of others in this area and her simmlutaneous lack of confidence [...]

    9. I was drawn to this book because I have lived near Rockville Pike almost my entire life I cannot think of any book that I gave read where I have been less sympathetic to the main character Jane Kramer is a middle aged wife who runs a furniture store on Rockville Pike The store was started by her in laws and she and her husband have huge financial problems Jane just buried her head in the sand when it came to money and I did not care for her character But her husband was ignorant in other ways Th [...]

    10. Jane is stuck in a dead end marriage and a dead end job working at her father in law s outdated furniture shop on busy Rockville Pike in Montgomery County, Maryland Jane seeks solace at the nearby grave of F Scott Fitzgerald I picked this book up mostly because 1 It s by a local author2 I used to live very close to the real Rockville PikeEh, I just couldn t get that excited about this book It meanders a lot and doesn t seem to go anywhere I wish Jane would have shook things up a little bit to g [...]

    11. The subtitle of this book is A Suburban Comedy of Manners so I was looking for something definitely comedic This book lingered in my currently reading but clearly abandoned status for a freakishly long time, and I wondered why I never just gave up on the book.I honestly didn t find anything comedic about the characters or plot line It was pathetically sad in its middle aged suburbia plot Failing business, bordering on bankruptcy, family dysfunction All I can really say is that it is finally off [...]

    12. A bit weird really I enjoyed this book and I HAD to keep reading to see how it would end It was a bit depressing and I felt sorry for the Jane but I liked the adventure she went on Some interesting points about wanting to live a different life than the one you are living at the moment It was a good read.

    13. I picked this up because Rockville Pike is literally up the street from me, so the area was very familiar and not all that well disguised The book was an ok read, but mostly because it was familiar If the story was set anywhere else, I doubt it would have caught or kept my interest.

    14. I selected this book because I live in Rockville, MD right off of Rockville Pike not far from F Scott Fitzgerald s grave that is central to the story I was amused by certain local references but found myself rushing through to get to the end.

    15. 2 1 2 3 stars.Hard to get into at first The author writes like a stream of consciousness Interesting though that the Fitzgeralds are buried there The author needs to take a look at early Beth Harbison novels to portray the true Montgomery County feel.

    16. I sat down and read this book in two days, but it was a task Some parts were enjoyeable but there was something about this book that made it work then it should have been to read Not sure if it was a storyline issue or a style issue.

    17. Not since Jonathan Tropper s This Is Where I Leave You has a book made me laugh out loud so many times If you re looking for a novel with relatable characters, bang on descriptions and energetic pacing, I definitely recommend this one.

    18. Another quick read that seems to be my forte lately , but I felt an actual sense of inertia while the book was in my hand The author seems to have created a character whose midlife depression and suburban angst is catching I appreciated the literary references throughout.

    19. I think Coll hits this out of the ballpark You just gotta love a book that references fa afafine Samoan trannies

    20. A book about my hood Loved reading the references to Rockville, MD, etc but overall a complete snore I did grow to like the main character Even though she was quite pathetic

    21. I read this book because I live in the area This was an entertaining enough read, very light and amusing.

    22. It was ok, but I wonder if I would have had less patience for it if it had not taken place in Rockville.

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