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Snowed in
Christina Bartolomeo
Adult Fiction BARTOLO

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Three months after moving to Portland, Maine, for her husband Paul's job, Sophie begins worrying about her quiet life, her "safe" marriage and, particularly, Natalie, the snappy new assistant in her husband's office. Calls to her happily married sister, Delia, and her long-time friend, Marta, don't assuage her concerns, but Sophie, a freelance artist and proofreader with time on her hands, finds companionship by joining a local walking club. In a captivating tale, Bartolomeo (Cupid and Diana) combines Anne Tyler's brand of trenchant domestic observation with a comic flair all her own (Sophie's know-it-all mother-in-law, Pepper, is "good for twenty more years. She wasn't the sort who succumbed early to cancer or heart attacks-she was the sort who caused them in those around her"). Sophie finds a kindred spirit in Ned, another member of the walking group, who offers to give her driving lessons, and Bartolomeo delicately charts the course of their developing rapport amid Sophie's troubled marriage and Ned's long-distance relationship with a girlfriend. Bartolomeo offers rare insight into friendship and romance in this sweetly poignant page-turner, leaving readers rooting for Sophie, her newfound confidence and the future that awaits her around the next bend. Agent, Henry Dunow. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

"Courage is not my leading virtue. I've always avoided change of any sort, operating on the principle of safety first." So says Sophie Quinn in the opening paragraph of this delightful new work from the author of the popular Cupid and Diana, which is currently being made into a television movie. Sophie has followed her still new husband, Paul, to Portland, ME, while he pursues a new job opportunity. Portland is cold, and Sophie knows no one in town. Having no car and no outside job, she hibernates in their apartment while Paul becomes more and more involved with work and a suspiciously friendly colleague. A chance meeting with the organizer of a hiking club leads to open doors and new opportunities for Sophie, and she learns to create a life of her own. Not that it's easy, but "sometimes it's more terrible and more stupid to sit, paralyzed, as events slip past you." Sophie is a well-drawn character whose struggles and final triumph are beautifully captured. Highly recommended for public libraries.-Kathy Ingels Helmond, Indianapolis-Marion Cty. P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Freelance artist; recently moved to Portland from Washington, D.C. for her husband's job.

Involved in a long-distance relationship with a girlfriend.

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