Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Pg. 99: "The Late Bloomer's Revolution"

Today's feature at the Page 99 Test: Amy Cohen's The Late Bloomer's Revolution.

About the book, from the publisher:
Amy Cohen always imagined that by age thirty she would be juggling a thriving career, a devoted English husband, and two adorable children who had shag haircuts and a room in their loft where they could play the drums. But at thirty-five, as she struggled to come to terms with the loss of her adored mother, she found herself “between jobs” (she’d been fired), “between boyfriends” (she’d been dumped), and “between apartments.” She didn’t know how to cook. She didn’t even know how to ride a bicycle.

Amy felt as if her life was behind schedule ... way behind. The more time passed, the more difficult it became for her to believe that she would ever come into her own. The only thing that made her feel hopeful -- and even determined -- was the idea that she might be a Late Bloomer. She kept telling herself that things would change, that everything would happen for her, just not in the time she expected.

As it turns out, she was right.

A sparkling and reassuring memoir, The Late Bloomer’s Revolution is funny, heartwarming, and above all, real. Filled with observations sweet, bittersweet, and laugh-out-loud funny, this delightful book will be irresistible to all who believe their greatest moments are yet to come.
Among the praise for The Late Bloomer's Revolution:

"Late Bloomer's Revolution is a wry look at love and life. Amy's storytelling is irresistible throughout her foibles and her bittersweet triumph."
--Jeanette Walls, author of The Glass Castle

"Amy's honest, hilarious story of her transformation without liposuction, botox, or any kind of surgery had me in stitches. A totally relatable story that had me laughing and nodding in agreement with her universal observations about becoming a woman. This is better than chick lit, because this chick's grown up."
--Marissa Marchetto, author of Cancer Vixen

"Refreshing is too tame a word. In this world of contemporary literature, with its embarrassment of pink books featuring disembodied high heels on the cover (if only there were a name for this genre) The Late Bloomer's Revolution is a genuinely subversive work. It's also delightful. Amy Cohen is as funny and observant a writer as one could wish for, but it is her book's measured and elegant delineation of the very real difference between solitude and loneliness that will bring you up short."
--David Rakoff, author of Don't Get Too Comfortable and Fraud

"Who wouldn't fall in love with Amy Cohen? Her The Late Bloomer's Revolution is the new single woman's bible.... She reminds you of what it means to love. I was riveted to her tender feelings for her parents, her disastrous dates (How could men not adore her? I am with her father on that one!), her rashes, her honesty. She provides the new happy ending -- which is better than being married, at any price."
--Laura Shaine Cunningham, author of Sleeping Arrangements and Beautiful Bodies

"This is the last blurb I am ever going to write. I meant the last one to be the last one, but I couldn't resist this memoir, and I can't imagine anyone -- man, woman, dead or alive -- who could. The Late Bloomer's Revolution is full to bursting with heart, charm and comic brilliance."
--Melissa Bank, author of The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing

"In equal parts moving and hilarious, The Late Bloomer's Revolution is an amazing book by an amazing writer."
--Andy Borowitz

"Hilarious, heartbreaking, ultimately victorious ... and did I say hilarious? Amy Cohen is beyond funny. She's a smart, charming, loveable scream."
--Cathi Hanauer, editor of Bitch in the House

Amy Cohen was a writer/producer on the sitcoms Caroline in the City and Spin City, a dating columnist for the New York Observer, and the dating correspondent for cable TV's New York Central.

Read an excerpt from The Late Bloomer's Revolution, and learn more about Amy Cohen and her book at her website and her MySpace page.

The Page 99 Test: The Late Bloomer's Revolution.

--Marshal Zeringue