Ask Again Later
By Jill A. Davis
(Ecco, Hardcover, 9780060875961, 256pp.)
Publication Date: February 1, 2007
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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Emily has a tendency to live with one foot out the door. For her, the best thing about a family crisis is the excuse to cut and run. When her mother dramatically announces they've found a lump, Emily gladly takes a rain check on life to be by her mother's side, leaving behind her career, her boyfriend, and those pesky, unanswerable questions about who she is and what she's doing with her life.
But back in her childhood bedroom, Emily realizes that she hasn't run fast or far enough. One evening, while her mother calls everyone in her Rolodex to brief them on her medical crisis and schedule a farewell martini, Emily opens the door, quite literally, to find her past staring her in the face. How do you forge a relationship with the father who left when you were five years old? As Emily attempts to find balance on the emotional seesaw of her life, with the help of two hopeful suitors and her Park Avenue Princess sister, she takes a no-risk job as a receptionist at her father's law firm and slowly gets to know the man she once pretended was dead.
From the brainy, breezy writer who "writes like a professional comic" (The Onion) and is "hard to stop reading once you start" (USA Today) comes a laugh-out-loud tale that confirms you can recover from your parents, the bad habit of missed opportunities, and men who romance you with meat. When opportunity knocks, it's time to stop running and start living.
1. How does Emily's job as receptionist at her father's law firm enable her to better understand her father?
"A snappy and sardonic take on learning to love your (dysfunctional) family."
-Lucinda Rosenfeld, author of WHAT SHE SAW... and WHY SHE WENT HOME
"This is one of the best books I have read so far this year."
"Great book! Hysterical!"
-The Today Show
"[ASK AGAIN LATER] is both very funny and deeply moving."
"Davis makes the narrative work with effortless light humor and genuine thoughtfulness.Well-drawn characters with emotional integrity."
"... smart-gal spin on the chick-lit formula. the writing and the characters lend the book an emotional heft."
-Time Out New York
"Davis's book leavens regret and tragedy with a light-handed wit."
"Jill Davis is extremely personable, courteous, and punctual."
-Dave Letterman, host of "Late Show with David Letterman"
"Comedy and drama is perfectly balanced in Jill A. Davis' new novel, Ask Again Later."
"Hilarious, heartfelt...Davis's witty voice is pitch-perfect. A-"
"...the humor is deftly interwoven with genuinely affecting moments that lend unexpected depth."
"[The] dialogue...crackles with electricity between highly charged characters and is often as funny for what's left unsaid.
-Los Angeles Times
"There are laughs, there are tears. Nice job."
"...an intriguing read."
"[A] frank, funny journey.a brisk novel about reconnecting with parents."
-Play Magazine (Philadelphia)
"...you'll... veer between uncontrollable laughing fits and being stunned and misty-eyed by its poignant turns."
-Jancee Dunn, author of But Enough About Me: A Jersey Girl's Unlikely Adventures Among the Absurdly Famous
"ASK AGAIN LATER is an engaging slice of life."
-Emily Griffin, bestselling author of BABY PROOF
"ASK AGAIN LATER...rewards at every level."