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She's finally seeing the fruits of her labors.
Chef Ellie "Lemon" Manelli's hip East Village bistro is suddenly all the rage; Lemon and her staff of wildly talented friends plucked from New York City's finest eateries can barely keep pace. Good thing she has her loyal, doting, bankrolling Georgia peach of a boyfriend, Eddie, to lean on -- not to mention a gaggle of loving relations over the river in Brooklyn. In fact, Lemon's life is turning out exactly as she planned -- except for the fact that she's late. As in late. Nobody said anything about, you know, labor.
Having a baby right now would jeopardize everything Lemon has worked so hard to accomplish, so the pregnancy test results leave her feeling a little sour. Eddie, bless his heart, wants to just go ahead and get married, but Lemon's not sure the timing's right. She's about to learn a lesson or two about love and loss, though. And in the end she'll discover that there's a reason things work out the way they do -- and that when life gives you lemons, you can make lemonade, or lemon tarts, or lemon meringue pie. Or, you can just be a plain ole Lemon, if that's what you were meant to be.

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Heather Swain lives with the loves of her life -- her husband, her new daughter, and her dog -- in a crooked house in Brooklyn, New York. Her fiction, nonfiction, and personal essays have appeared in books, magazines, literary journals, and online. Luscious Lemon is her second novel. Her first, Eliot's Banana, is also available from Downtown Press.
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Product Details

  • Publisher: Pocket Books (October 5, 2004)
  • Length: 320 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781416507628

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Raves and Reviews

Elise Juska, author of Getting Over Jack Wagner Warm, funny, and unexpectedly moving, Luscious Lemon is as bittersweet as its name.

Laura Brown, author of Quickening Deliciously bitter and achingly tender....Like a thoroughly satisfying meal, this book is a journey of the senses.

Emily Franklin, author of Liner Notes and The Principles of Love A sensuous story of love, loss, and fantastic food.

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