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Tart [Paperback]

Jody Gehrman

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July 1 2005 Red Dress Ink Novels
Meet Claudia Bloom. She's having one of those years. First she steals her ex's VW bus and drives it from Austin to Santa Cruz, where it promptly explodes. Next she lets herself be rescued by Clay, a cute DJ on a motorcycle, falls hard and meets his somehow-never-mentioned estranged wife while searching frantically for her panties. She tries to forget about Clay and focus on her tenuous new career teaching theater at UC Santa Cruz, only to discover Clay's wife is her colleague and his mother is her boss. Could it get any worse? When her neo-Deadhead cousin shows up with a horse-size mutt, Rex, and the two of them take up residence on her couch, Claudia's pretty sure things have hit rock bottom.
Set in the uber-hip beach town of Santa Cruz, this novel explores the rocky terrain of family secrets, forbidden fruit and all things Tart.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Red Dress Ink (July 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373895267
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373895267
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 13 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #800,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Just as her first novel, Summer in the Land of Skin (2004), did, Gehrman's second offering features a heroine on the move. Claudia Bloom has stolen her ex-boyfriend's VW bus to take her from Texas to California, where a job as a theater instructor at UC Santa Cruz awaits her. But the VW doesn't survive the trip; it explodes just after Claudia jumps out with her cat. She is rescued by handsome Clay Parker, and it isn't long before -commitment-phobe Claudia is falling for him. But an obstacle immediately presents itself in the form of Clay's not-yet-ex-wife, Monica, who is also an instructor at UC Santa Cruz. Claudia tries to ignore her growing feelings for Clay as she focuses on her job and its challenges, including obnoxious students, Monica's wrath, and the demanding department head, who just happens to be Clay's mother. Gehrman's enjoyable novel is as sharp and observant as the title suggests. Kristine Huntley
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  9 reviews
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The title says it all July 25 2005
By Terena Scott - Published on Amazon.com
Claudia Bloom is a vibrant, imperfect, funny, and unpredictable woman who lands in a strange world and tries desperately to fit in, all while coping with turning 30, and what that means when you call yourself a Tart. I cheered and cried and could not put it down. Don't let the fact it is published by a romance imprint dissuade you from buying this book. Jody Gehrman is an excellent writer with a knack for bringing the details of a moment into cinematic clarity. Her characters are strong and memorable. Highly recommended.
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and breezy novel Dec 17 2008
By Tracy Vest - Published on Amazon.com
When her lover Jonathan decides he would rather have a younger model, actress Claudia Bloom packs her bags, jumps into his dilapidated VW bus and head to UC Santa Cruz where she will teach drama. Of course the VW dies on the way, and she is rescued by sexy Clay Parker. After a one night stand that leads to several more nights she is embarrassed when Clay's not-quite-ex-wife Monica walks in on them. Even more mortifying is she's a fellow faculty member. While Monica is giving her the evil eye, her students wonder if she's qualified, and the dean thinks she's flaky, Claudia figures she won't be getting tenure. But you can't keep a good tart down. When Clay's divorce becomes final, he's ready to start seeing her again, and then she discovers he has yet another tie to her job...

Gehrman is a funny and talented writer. While the book is not exactly literature, it is very entertaining, and she brings humanity to her characters that will resonate with readers. Her writing is crisp and her dialogue is spot on. Claudia is a flawed and real character. I just hate when authors resort to lack of communication and assumptions to move a story along. But overall, I really enjoyed the story and it helped me endure a long flight.

© Tracy Vest, December 2008
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tart is a Total Hoot Jan. 11 2007
By Hawk Eye - Published on Amazon.com
I love to laugh, and Tart had me laughing out loud in the first paragraph. Gehrman's well-done characterization of a young woman who gets herself perpetually caught in sticky webs of her own weaving is both hilarious and yet, also poignant. Entertaining, well-written and delightful, I highly recommend Tart. Those living on the West Coast will find Gehrman's send-ups of New Age communities and dysfunctional families insightful and funny.
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book July 31 2014
By Diane L. - Published on Amazon.com
I loved this book! It's not too often that you find a someone who can write really well, and also be truly funny. I loved the characters, especially their flaws, and I just didn't want it to end. I hope Jody Gehrman is writing more novels!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Summer Read May 31 2006
By K. Magnuson - Published on Amazon.com
I thought this book was great. I read it on the beach in Hawaii and it was easy and fun. Looking for a book to enjoy on vacation, this is it.

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