Wallflower in Bloom (Hardcover)

By Claire Cook

Thorndike Press, 9781410450296, 373pp.

Publication Date: September 26, 2012

June 2012 Indie Next List

“Deirdre Griffin's life is not her own. Her high-maintenance, charismatic brother, Tag, is a New Age guru and a national sensation. As his gatekeeper and personal assistant, Deidre's frustrations with her family, and herself, bring her to a hysterical moment. After drowning her sorrows in vodka, Deidre gets herself voted onto Dancing With the Stars as a replacement by way of Tag's online followers. This is a very funny read that will make you roll your eyes about family!”
— Joanne Doggart, Where the Sidewalk Ends, Chatham, MA
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Description

From the critically acclaimed and bestselling author of "Must Love Dogs"--a winning and witty novel about a woman who emerges from the shadow of her overbearing family and finds herself "dancing with the stars." Deirdre Griffin has a great life; it's just not her own. She's the round-the-clock personal assistant to her charismatic, high-maintenance, New Age guru brother, Tag. As the family wallflower, her only worth seems to be as gatekeeper to Tag at his New England seaside compound.

Then Deirdre's sometime-boyfriend informs her that he is marrying another woman, who just happens to be having the baby he told Deirdre he never wanted. While drowning her sorrows with Tag's vodka, Deirdre comes up with an idea. She'll use his massive online following to get herself voted on as a last-minute replacement on "Dancing with the Stars." It'll get her back in shape, mentally and physically. It might even get her a life of her own. Deirdre Griffin's fifteen minutes of fame has begun.

Irresistible, offbeat, yet with a thoroughly relatable and appealing heroine, this is an original and deeply satisfying story of one woman who's ready to take a leap into the spotlight, no matter where she lands.

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