The Outlook for Earthlings (Paperback)Joan Frank (author)
Publisher: Regal House Publishing LLC
Number of pages: 237
Weight: 294 g
Dimensions: 215 x 9 x 139 mm
"Spanning the sixties through the aughts, with an epilogue set in 2013, the book zigzags through meetings, a Paris trip, emails, and late stage cancer treatments. Mel and Scarlet emerge as adults who've long passed the point of contemplating what-ifs, but who can't help weighing every nuance of their exchanges. The realization that friendship, in its purest distillation, is about support, no matter people's personal decisions, arrives late, but it's a rending lesson that lingers. With technicolor period details, intense reflections, and devastating acuity about women's compromises in love, The Outlook for Earthlings is an elegant elegy." Karen Rigby , Foreword Reviews
"Line by line, The Outlook for Earthlings continually stunned me with its grace. In Frank's hands, even everyday actions become beautiful. Captures both the agony of adolescence and the quieter disappointments of middle age with skill and insight." Julie Buntin , author of Marlena
" The Outlook for Earthlings offers the gift of Joan Frank's gorgeous, limpid prose exploring vast and nuanced constellations of human love." Elizabeth Rosner , author of Survivor Cafe
"Joan Frank is an exquisite chronicler of the cracked and confused desires, wantsneedsof the human heart. Her people are survivors who (to echo one beautiful line) wear their stories on their faces. The Outlook for Earthlings is a devastating, and redemptive, contribution to her already excellent body of work." Peter Orner , author of Maggie Brown & Others
"With great delicacy, Frank studies every detail of her protagonists' lives. The lifelong friendship of Mel and Scarlet offers us a portrait of love whose intent is not to save or protect, but as an act of bearing witness." Michael Sledge , author of The More I Owe You
"Rich in experience and delineation of contemporary relationships, vividly seen and described." Joan London , author of The Golden Age
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