- Title: Farewell, Dorothy Parker
- Author: Ellen Meister
- ISBN: 9780399159077
- Page: 393
- Format: Hardcover
When it comes to movie reviews, critic Violet Epps is a powerhouse voice But that s only because she s learned to channel her literary hero, Dorothy Parker, the most celebrated and scathing wit of the twentieth century.If only Violet could summon that kind of strength in her personal life.Gripped by paralyzing anxiety, Violet visits the Algonquin Hotel in an attempt to puWhen it comes to movie reviews, critic Violet Epps is a powerhouse voice But that s only because she s learned to channel her literary hero, Dorothy Parker, the most celebrated and scathing wit of the twentieth century.If only Violet could summon that kind of strength in her personal life.Gripped by paralyzing anxiety, Violet visits the Algonquin Hotel in an attempt to pull strength from the hallowed dining room, where Dorothy Parker and so many other famous writers of the 1920s traded barbs But she gets than she bargained for, and the feisty spirit rematerializes hitching a ride onto Violet s already troubled life.An irreverent ghost with problems of her own including a refusal to cross over to the afterlife Mrs Parker helps Violet face her fears, becoming mentor, tormentor, and, with any luck, friend.Wickedly funny and surprisingly poignant, Farewell, Dorothy Parker perfectly re imagines one of America s most iconic voices in a touching and unforgettable tale.
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The premise is promising: Bring back Dorothy Parker as a ghost and have her channel her wisdom into a timid writer. But in order to make this work, the writing needs to be as clever as Parker herself, and that just doesn’t happen in this book. When the mechanism for bringing the ghost into the story becomes one of the more plausible things in the story, you’ve got a problem on your hands. Meister, unfortunately, seems not to have learned one of the most basic lessons of writing: Show, don’ [...]
Whether you are already a devoted fan of Dorothy Parker or are just being introduced to her iconic wit and wisdom, you will adore FAREWELL, DOROTHY PARKER by Ellen Meister. The story is as original and clever as Dorothy herself and the heart and humor as endearing. It begins with Violett Epps, a movie critic who wishes that she could be as daring in real life as she comes off in her reviews. For inspiration she visits the famed Algonquin Hotel in New York, the chic meeting place for the irrevere [...]
FAREWELL, DOROTHY PARKER by Ellen Meister turns out to be chick lit. I'm starting this review with a disclaimer that chick lit is not normally what I read. It is possible that this is wonderful for chick lit. I was drawn to this title by the promise of Dorothy Parker's influence on a modern movie critic, Violet Epps, who is witty and confident in print, but a disaster in real life. Doesn't that sound fun? The book promises that the spirit of Dorothy Parker will help Violet find her voice and bla [...]
I fell in love with Dorothy Parker when I was sixteen. I was immediately enticed by her searing quick wit, found a friend in her use of sarcasm and a kindred soulmate in deep cynicism.I was delighted when I found Farewell, Dorothy Parker. And by 'delighted' I spazzed in a most unflattering fangirl fashion. It kind of looked like this:Awkward, I know. That just goes to show my fierce love of Ms. Parker, despite the fact that such displays of over-emotion would grant me a rather stinging verbal ba [...]
Disclaimer: Every time I saw or thought of this book, Just One of those Things began running through my head. And now it's in your head, too. Just one of those things, I guess.On to my thoughts of this book. I'm a Dorothy Parker fan. I think we're a dying breed. So when I read that Ellen Meister, who is also a Dorothy Parker Fan, upon seeing all the Jane Austen spin-offs, had written a book around one of her literary favorites, I was in. The premise of the story is clever. Movie critic Violet Ep [...]
Farewell, Dorothy Parker(#1) by talented Ellen Meister brings back to life the ghost, quick witted literary icon, Dorothy Parker with movie critic Violet Epps, setting the stage for tantalizing, upcoming, Dorothy Parker Drank Here, (#2), coming, Feb 24, 2015.A fan of both the author and Dorothy Parker,Meister creates a sassy fun book about Violet, a movie critic with all sorts of issues; her boyfriend and battling for custody of her recently orphaned niece Delaney. The girl’s grandparents want [...]
I was recently given the honor of receiving an advance copy of Ellen Meister's book Farewell, Dorothy Parker. I must confess that, although the name Dorothy Parker was familiar to me, I didn't know much of anything at all about the woman. Therefore, when it came time to read the book, I waited for about a week. During this week, I vacillated, trying to decide if I should read up on the late Mrs. Parker before I read a fictional novel that included her. In the end, I decided that since this was s [...]
If you’ve read Ellen Meister’s previous novels, then you know she is an incredibly talented and thoughtful writer. You know she is funny, sincere, and empathetic. Most of all, you know that she has a lot of heart. As such, my friends, you will find everything you’ve loved about Ellen’s previous books within her new one (humor, intrigue, family conflict, love, lust, anger, fear) but Ellen has upped the ante this time because she’s also included one more fascinating element… and that e [...]
Oh, My Gosh, I’ve Brought Her Home With MeIf you are not already a Dorothy Parker fan, Ellen Meister will make you one. Farewell, Dorothy Parker is clever and witty. Thanks to this author for shedding new light on a feisty literary icon and bringing us a fun read in the process.Violet Epps, a sharp-tongued movie reviewer, needs some help in her personal life. Whether it’s breaking up with her boyfriend or bettering her family relationships, she just doesn’t have the oomph she needs. She su [...]
so i am about 2/3's of the way through this book which i would call an entertaining distraction from what i am 'suppose to be' reading which is the Rachel Carson bio, On a Farther Shore. i think there are a couple of things that your enjoyment of this book will depend upon:1. at least some familiarity with Dorothy Parker. 2. the ability to take a leap of faith with the author3. reasonable expectations - this is not Dickens so Violet -the main character- does movie reviews and at one point -as sh [...]
Sometimes it is just a welcome relief to read a humorous and less serious, just plain old fun novel. That is exactly what this book delivered.I remember my mother shooting off many of Dorothy Parker's one liners in answer to some of mine and my sister's constant questions. Violet Epps is a snarky movie critic, so one would expect her to be bold in life as well, but not true, in life she has the personality of a marshmallow. So Dorothy Parker comes to her rescue, summoned in a very strange way, a [...]
I was super disappointed with this book. I so loved the idea of Dorothy Parker's ghost helping a mousy woman find her voice. But the writing let me down. The characters were super one-note, the plot was predictable and there was just nothing new here. The only good thing about it was that it was a super quick read.I finished it in just two sittings. So at least I didn't waste a bunch of my time reading it. The whole time I was reading it, I kept thinking about the scathing review the main charac [...]
Violet Epps is a movie critic who is sharp-tongued in writing, but timid in real life. She's struggling to break up with her boyfriend who keeps steamrolling her, talking over her, and trying to convince her that she's really in love with him. On top of that toxic relationship, Violet is battling for custody of her recently-orphaned niece, Delaney. The girl's grandparents also want to raise her, and they hired a ferocious lawyer to fight dirty. Enter Dorothy Parker, Violet's idol, the one who in [...]
Oh, dear is so hard not to quote Miss Parker herself when commenting on this book. "This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force." Okay, perhaps not great force, but certainly in the direction of a good editor. Farewell, Dorothy Parker has the bones of a good story with a fun premise and a strong central character, Miss Parker. The other characters are so poorly drawn that it's hard to embrace the book. I so wish that someone had taken the author in hand a [...]
*Heaves enormous sigh* I don’t really know what to do here. I got an ARC of this book free from the publisher in exchange for writing a review. And now I have to write a review for a book that I hated.I signed up for the ARC based on my love of Dorothy Parker. I discovered one of her stories in an anthology my freshman year of college, sought out more, finally put my hands on The Portable Dorothy Parker, and then basically became obsessed with her. I wrote my senior thesis on her. I wrote anot [...]
When it comes to movie reviews, critic Violet Epps is a powerhouse voice. But that’s only because she’s learned to channel her literary hero, Dorothy Parker, the most celebrated and scathing wit of the twentieth century. If only Violet could summon that kind of strength in her personal life.Gripped by paralyzing anxiety, Violet visits the Algonquin Hotel in an attempt to pull strength from the hallowed dining room, where Dorothy Parker and so many other famous writers of the 1920s traded bar [...]
Violet Epps is a scathing movie critic who is called some not-so-nice names on internet blogs by those who follow her reviews. In person, however, she is a meek person who stifled her opinions after a childhood scene with her sister that resulted in the family shunning her with silence for being so embarrassingly outspoken. Now, however, Violet needs to get some guts in order to dump her needy, self-centered boyfriend and to speak up at work where her job is threatened by a newbie trying to impr [...]
Movie critic Violet Epps is outspoken on paper. In person, she suffers from crippling social anxiety. She's afraid to break up with her loser/user boyfriend. She's afraid to speak up to her niece's grandparents the ones whom she is battling for custody of the teenaged girl after Violet's sister and husband die in a car accident. She's afraid to talk to her kung fu instructor, Michael, because she has a crush on him.In other words, she's kind of a mess.Until the day she decides to go to the Alg [...]
Let me preface this review by saying I reserve five stars to a review for books or movies that make a memorable changing effect on my life. They don't have to be serious or Shakespearean to qualify, only be able move me in a memorably profound way. I put them aside on a special shelf, which isn't a long one, where they stay to remind me of their impact, and perhaps be found and read with similar meaningfulness by someone else. This novel, "Dorothy Parker, " has earned a place on that shelf. I st [...]
Being a Dorothy Parker fan, I so looked forward to reading this novel, but was greatly disappointed by its lack of depth. The storyline was appealing and an interesting way to show tribute to Ms. Parker. I just wish that the author would have shared more of Ms. Parker than what most fans already know. I didn't learn anything that I hadn't already discovered on my own, which really was quite basic information. As far as the writing style, the text is too "prescribed". Ms. Meister doesn't allow th [...]
I had to toss in the towel on this one, and that was tough to do becuase I am a big Dorothy Parker fan. I was listening to it on CD and the thought of 6 more disks like the first two was exhausting; maybe if I was reading it on paper I would have skimmed to the end, slowing down when Mrs. Parker appears, but as I had no option to do so with the CDs, I ditched it.From my limited experience with the book, I would say it comes alive when Mrs. Parker is present but otherwise, it is akin to a Hallmar [...]
I loved the premise of this book because I'm a total Dorothy Parker fan. That biting acerbic wit! The pithy, completely to the point remarks! Why can't I have/do that? Loved all the references to DP's writings, I believe she was as self-centered as she appears in this book. She would use whoever and whatever was handy to appease her own demons. Now, having said all that, I really did not expect to like this book as much as I did. Figured everyone else on earth would get it wrong and I'm just not [...]
I am a fan of the wit and wisdom of Dorothy Parker, but even if I weren't I don't think it would matter - this novel is a good read. Thus having said, Ellen Meister not only introduces us to the witty zings (zingy wit?) of Dorothy Parker but gives a glimpse of a more poignant side to the woman many only know for her one-liners. I'm not into channeling and such, but this wonderful novel would be enough to bring a smile to Miss Parker's heart.
Would like to give it 2.5 stars--wasn't awful, but wasn't very good. Interesting premise--Dorothy Parker comes back to life to assist a woman in finding her voice and sass in her life and while attempting to adopt her niece. The best parts, of course, were the Dorothy Parker quips and details of her life, as well as her impressions of America today. But on the whole, this wasn't well written--fairly robotic--and totally, utterly predictable in every scene.
I'm not having good luck with books lately's another where the author feels it's necessary to create a protagonist so stupid that even the most naive, unsophisticated reader will feel like Machiavelli.Such a great premise, too. I worship Dorothy Parkeris could have been so amazing. Boooo.
What elevates this fun, sweet novel to the sublime is Ellen Meister's command of Dorothy Parker's voice - she captured her exactly! I have always been a huge Dorothy Parker buff, and reading this felt like meeting an old friend. A wonderful read for anyone, whether they are familiar with Miss Parker or not!
I really wanted to like this book, but had to give up a quarter of the way in. Cute premise, but the author badly needs to follow the old "show, don't tell" strategy. If you're going to channel Dorothy Parker, your readers will expect her level of wit and sharpness, not to mention a plot that makes logical sense, as this one, unfortunately, doesn't.
Tantalizing premise. Enjoy it for what it is-- better than average chick lit-- but don't expect the acerbic wit and wisdom of Dorothy Parker.
This book was so much fun. I read it in two days (quick for me!) and loved seeing Dorothy Parker come to life, not as a mythologized writer, but as a real person--refreshing and inspiring.
Dollycas’s ThoughtsAlgonquin Round Table Mysteries by J.J. Murphy published a few years ago rekindled my love for Dorothy Parker so I knew this would be a perfect read for me. Violet Epps has no problem voicing her opinions in print but she is much more timid face to face. Very unlike her hero Dorthy Parker. Violet wishes she could be as feisty and brash as dear Dorothy. Hoping a little Dorothy Parker will rub off on her she visits Algonquin Hotel, the place Parker and the Vicious Circle used [...]
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