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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Back Bay Books (June 2 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316010782
  • ASIN: B000FDFW8C
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.6 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #169,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The annals of love have recorded many a humiliating breakup over the years, but Alison Hopkins gets hit with a humdinger in this surprising, touching and hilariously deadpan debut novel. When she sends her live-in boyfriend Tom to the supermarket right before a dinner party, she figures the worst that can happen is that he'll get the wrong mustard. Instead he calls from a pay phone to tell her he's not coming back at all, because he's fallen in love with his college sweetheart, Kate Pearce—with whom he's been sleeping for five months. If Alison were a Sex and the City siren, she'd distract herself with martinis, Manolos and misappropriated men, but she's a broke columnist for the floundering weekly The Philadelphia Times. Plus, though now lapsed, she was raised evangelist Christian. So it's a new pair of hiking boots, pie-contest judging and furtive dalliances with a coworker for reluctant good-girl Alison as she tries to gauge the ins and outs of the single world that non-fundamentalists mastered in their early 20s. Alison's struggles to fit into the mainstream world are fresh and full of wisdom, and Dunn's humor is marvelously dry: "Bonnie had a sudden flash of what he might come up with on his own…so she drew a picture on a cocktail napkin of a wide band of channel-set diamonds, and she wrote down the words 'platinum' and 'size six' and 'BIG' and 'SOON.' " This is a delightful exploration of the empowerment that comes from escaping a Big Love turned Bad Love.
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Alison Hopkins is devastated when her live-in boyfriend, Tom, walks out of their dinner party and back into the arms of his ex-girlfriend, Kate. Tom is only 33-year-old Alison's second lover, and she wonders if she wouldn't be better off if she had slept with more men. So when Henry, her handsome new boss at the free daily Philadelphia paper for which she writes a relationship column, seems interested in her, Alison seizes the opportunity. However, being a carefree girl-about-town isn't as easy as Alison thought, and she soon finds herself in Henry's office asking him about the state of their relationship. Alison's friend Nina promises Tom will come crawling back to her, but is that really what she wants? Musing on everything from her evangelical Christian upbringing to men behaving badly (and just how long this stage lasts), Alison's engaging voice carries this thoughtful, introspective, smart novel along and raises it far above the average novel about a young woman looking for love in the big city. Kristine Huntley
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Too many times when a woman writes a novel, some label it "chick-lit"...I can only disagree in the sense that "The Big Love" as Sarah has given us is literature and not just some form of entertainment for those of the the female persuasion. This is a story that can - and does - trendsend time (in the 'written' sense) becoming a story that effects the affected...those who wish to be. I've found her story, the words she uses, to be entertaining as well as significant. No matter her words, the most important part how she expresses herself, is exquisite. Maybe I'm too much a fan of open-dialogue-storytelling, but she is (tempting with brilliance) open and forward with her thoughts. This reveals the characters to be fresh and everlasting. As I may say a good reading if not a great way to feel what innner thoughts you may have yourself. I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys solid stories about relationships and how they effect us. That and it's a great read.
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Honestly, I can't say that I was expecting TOO much considering that I got this book on sale, but it was BAD.
When it arrived, I re-read the synopsis along with all of the "praises" written on the back. It was not at all what it was made out to be- those "praises" from other authors and newspapers- whomever wrote them must be very, VERY easy to please. I found this book to be pretty dull, and boring- it didn't remind me AT ALL of Sex & the City, as some other reviewers had said it would.

I would NOT recommend this to anyone. I read it in 1 evening, and had to force myself to do so (while my husband was watching TV and I repeatedly had to force my attention back to the book, even though what my husband was watching was a show that I don't like).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 16 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book made me laugh out loud many times! The main character, Alison was down to earth, smart, thoughtful and witty. Sarah Dunn really understands the complexity of the female psyche and is a master of dialogue. Can't wait for her next novel!
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I was thoroughly disappointed in this novel. I ended up reading the entire thing over 2 lunch breaks. It started off ok, but by the mid/end I was skipping pages looking for something interesting. This isn't a biography, I don't care why your ex-bf had an Asian last name. And your Christian upbringing...we get it already! Stop bringing it up every chapter! It reads a lot more like a biography, which I guess would appeal to some people, but not me.

And the part where she has sex, and actually says 'I know you want to know the details but I can't tell you because my mother is still alive'...seriously??

Waste of a book.
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By A Customer on July 14 2004
Format: Hardcover
This novel is the very best kind of popular entertainment. It is a tour de force which is pure fun to read (you can't put it down) and instructs with wisdom and depth and rich sensibilites without ever being ponderous. It is a stunning debut novel which is an American Bridget Jones--only better; and a far better novel than the silly Begdorf or Prada books. The Big Love entertains with the best of novels written, but has a deeper resonance also. A stunning achievement which really should and probably will go to Number One on every bestseller list.
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By A Customer on July 11 2004
Format: Hardcover
While I love reading "single thirtysomething women in the big city books" the genre has been SO overdone.
As a result you get books that are trying to hard to be witty ( most recently, Bergdorf Blondes) or poorly written (most recently, Bergdorf Blondes).
Big Love is a refreshing change - the writing is smooth and seamless, the story is engaging (unlike The Devil Wears Prada), and it is laugh out loud funny.
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I read this charming "chick lit" book in one sitting and I enjoyed the several hours it took to read it. The novel lightly wrestles with issues concerning love, power, control, sex, friendship, self-definition, and, ultimately, openness to life. The protagonist's inner dialogue is candid, often funny, and always smart.In fact, I wish I knew her. In fact, in some ways I may be her. And so, dear reader, may you.
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By A Customer on July 16 2004
Format: Hardcover
I breezed through it on the beach and found it to be a sexy, funny, captivating odyssey with likable characters, and well-turned phrases. I read it again and saw the depth and poignancy. This is a VERY good book! It would make a terrific movie.
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