Miss Harper Can Do It

Miss Harper Can Do It

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A winning debut novel about what happens when a young woman finds her life on hold

Twenty-four-year-old elementary school teacher Annie Harper is left behind in Tacoma, Washington, when her boyfriend David, an army lieutenant, is shipped overseas. Struggling with the complex emotions tied to his absence, she begins writing a confessional memoir, imagining it as a moving account of "the woman at home." But instead of devolving into a tear-jerking tale of integrity and patience, Annie's life goes on without David in ways she didn't anticipate. She spends more time with her best friend, Gus, begins volunteering at a local retirement center, and adopts a pet chicken. Even as she misses David enormously between his sparse e-mails and choppy phone calls, she struggles with conflicted feelings about their long-distance relationship, her own identity and family history, and the ideological underpinnings of a war that's exerting such a force on her life.

Told through the draft chapters of Annie's memoir-in-progress, Miss Harper Can Do It is a funny and poignant story of what it means to be loyal versus what it means to be in love. In Annie, Berentson has rendered a quirky young woman who copes with loss and stress in unexpected ways, only wavering briefly on the brink of self-pity and never losing her sense of humor.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2009.
ISBN: 9780670020775
067002077X
Branch Call Number: FIC BERENTS
Characteristics: 324 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

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Mar 08, 2011

Hilarious and sweet. I didn't want it to end! Lots of laugh out loud moments and a few tear jerkers too. A truly fun and easy read.

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