Just For Fun Challenge – October 2015 – Farewell, Dorothy Parker by Ellen Meister – Giveaway too!

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Earlier this month I received an invite to review Ellen Meister’s new book, Dorothy Parker Drank Here. I read the synopsis and thought it sounded like one I would enjoy. Later that evening I was straightening my jam packed  To Be Read bookshelf and I found a hard cover copy of Meister’s Farewell Dorothy Parker with a Post-it note on the cover saying MUST READ ASAP. The only thing I can think of is it was put on the wrong shelf and then buried by books that arrived after.

Moral of the story: It’s not such a bad thing for your grandkids to rearrange your books so that you need to put things back in order after they go home.

I found several books I forgot I even had and my TBR spreadsheet is all updated! This book was an easy choice to read JUST FOR FUN!

Hardcover Edition

Farewell, Dorothy Parker
G.P. Putnam’s Sons (February 21, 2013)
Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Setting – New York
Published by The Penguin Group
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0399159077
Paperback: 356 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425264713
E-Book ASIN: B008ON45LA




What if inspiration came to visit…and wouldn’t leave?

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 20th century.

If only Violet could summon that kind of courage in her personal life.

Determined to defeat her social anxiety, Violet visits the Algonquin Hotel 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 more than she bargained for when Dorothy Parker’s feisty spirit rematerializes from an ancient guestbook and hitches a ride onto her life.

Violet is shocked and thrilled to be face-to-face with her idol, but when the gin-swilling writer takes up residence in her home and grows pricklier and more outspoken by the day, the timid movie critic is pushed to her limit. With her job threatened, her new relationship in tatters, and the custody fight for her orphaned niece in jeopardy, Violet is forced to face her fears …and she makes sure Mrs. Parker does the same.

Wickedly funny and surprisingly poignant, Farewell, Dorothy Parker perfectly re-imagines one of America’s most iconic voices in a captivating and unforgettable tale.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Algonquin 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 to meet daily.  While there the manager shares an treasured guest book with her. Inside were the signatures like Robert BenchleyGeorge S. KaufmanDorothy Parker and more.  Violet unintentionally ends up leaving with the guest book in her purse. Little did she know she had Dorothy’s spirit as well.

This truly was a fun and entertaining read but it had some sobering moments as well. Violet’s sister and her husband were killed in a car accident and she is fighting to gain custody of her niece. Violet needs to be on her very best behavior and follow the judges orders and that isn’t always easy but having an outspoken and sometimes overly friendly ghost nearby makes things even more difficult. It also creates havoc at work and in Violet’s romantic life.

Ellen Meister has brought the Vanity Fair writer to life in a very interesting way. I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next and cringing when Dorothy really crossed the line. The relationship between these two ladies had me laughing out loud and crying a little too, forgetting that while she could be seen by others, Dorothy was just a spirit and they couldn’t stay together forever. A spirit the helped Violet find her own voice and exceed her own expectations.

Farewell Dorothy Parker is a well researched fiction story and the author admits she has taken some liberties to write the book she had been dreaming of writing. Meister has captured Parker’s wit and sense of humor perfectly.

I don’t care what is written about me so long as it isn’t true.

~Dorothy Parker

I think she would love this book!!


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