Solos

Emily Lime, whose name reads the same backwards as forwards, is a photographer and word lover at large Her Brooklyn neighborhood teems with eccentrics and their myriad pets and Emily is proud to call many of them her friends Although the thirtysomething crossword junkie is flying solo and down on her financial luck, she s learned to be happy with life s simple pleasures.Emily Lime, whose name reads the same backwards as forwards, is a photographer and word lover at large Her Brooklyn neighborhood teems with eccentrics and their myriad pets and Emily is proud to call many of them her friends Although the thirtysomething crossword junkie is flying solo and down on her financial luck, she s learned to be happy with life s simple pleasures Things get complicated when Marcus Mead, Emily s dog walker cum Scrabble rival, comes into the picture Widely considered an oddball, the endearing twenty year old has unwittingly become Emily s absurd, unrequited love The only problem besides the sixteen year age difference is that Marcus s father is Emily s paranoid, unsavory ex husband and he wants her dead More specifically, he wants Marcus to kill her And now it ll take some cunning to solve the puzzle that is their lives
Solos Emily Lime whose name reads the same backwards as forwards is a photographer and word lover at large Her Brooklyn neighborhood teems with eccentrics and their myriad pets and Emily is proud to call

  • Title: Solos
  • Author: Kitty Burns Florey
  • ISBN: 9780425195994
  • Page: 450
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Solos”

    1. The protagonist's name is a palindrome, who lives in a palindrome of a zip code; the chapter titles are palindromes as well. It's as though the book were straining to be cutesy, over-the-top -- yet it wasn't.Florey has a remarkable gift for evoking place (Williamsburgh, Brooklyn), probably the strongest point of the story. Her characters are well-written, and interesting, although as a group they can be a bit gentrification-ish; I felt more connection with some of the secondaries, than with Emil [...]

    2. Again I am struck by Florey's gift for creating interesting characters. This is a delightful novel. Since I tend to read things that are ultimately depressing, I needed something playful. But by playful I don't mean frivolous. I read straight through without growing impatient and skipping ahead. (Don't judge me.) The setting this time is NYC; a neighborhood with a palindromic zip code and a heroine with a palindromic name. There's a sort of mystery and a sort of romance, but it is finally a cele [...]

    3. I can't remember anymore where or who this was recommended by, but thank god they did. Florey's quirky writing played particularly well to my own reading sensibilities. She really loves the strange oddities that make up our lives and what at first may sound like a confused, over-wrought plot turns to pure simplicity in her capable hands.This basic premise here is that Marcus has been asked by his father to kill his ex-wife, Emily Lime. However, there's a bit more to it then that, which I won't g [...]

    4. This is a fun story set in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn (zip code 11211) featuring the word-loving woman, Emily Lime. As you may have noticed, Emily's name is a palindrome and more of these and other word play instances abound. That is part of what makes it all fun. Emily has a dog, Otto, and a bird, Izzy. As we learn about Emily's life, her professions (gardening assistant and photographer), her friends in the neighborhood, and how she came to be where she is in her life, we also c [...]

    5. If I could, I'd actually mark this 4 and a half stars, because while I wouldn't classify it as quite "amazing," it was a great read, the quickness of which belies the emotional depth and richness of the story. Also, I'm a huge word dork, so I loved all the palindroms and word games scattered throughout, AND the heroine's name is Emily-- what's not to love?!

    6. A great light summer/cottage read. Interesting, quirky group of characters brought together by words (they like crossword puzzles, palindromes, etc), art and animals/pets.Emily Lime (a palindrome) is a starving artist, who is in love with her dog-walker, Marcus, who also happens to be her ex-husband, Hart's son - and Hart has asked Marcus to kill Emily

    7. This was a good, fun read about a young woman living in Bklyn - the book is full of jokes that are sophisticated and mature enough to not be silly.Will look for more books by her - a good, fast read.

    8. I really like the world she creates and the fun she has with words, but the romance that never came to be was odd, and a few parts of the plot were too obvious.

    9. I just find the premise of the ex wanting the woman dead awkward. Why does he want her dead? And the characters are stilted. I quit about half through. Just can't get through it.

    10. I loved the quirky characters and the playful nature of Florey's use of language. Definitely a fun read for a former English major. Will definitely seek out some of her other books.

    11. this book is very good but is just a lot of confusing seems that the main character Marcus does love his father Hart also Emily thinks that Hart is not a bad person after all

    12. This book is fun, light reading with romance, quirky neighbors, mysterious relatives, suspense and mystery.

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