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The Big Love: A Novel [Bargain Price] [Paperback]

Sarah Dunn
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June 2 2005
Alison Hopkins isn't just looking for Mr. Right . . . or even Mr. Big. She's holding out for the Big Love.

When 32-year-old Alison's first real boyfriend unceremoniously dumps her - he steps out to buy mustard for a dinner party and never returns - it's time for Alison to reassess her lifelong search for romantic fulfillment. Does true love even exist? Is every romantic involvement with a coworker inevitably doomed? Does sex without commitment always lead to disaster? Is a girl's evangelical Christian upbringing an impediment to her finding true happiness?

Funnier than any "chick-lit," as poised and accomplished as any literary debut this year, The Big Love is a big-hearted, hilariously entertaining novel that readers all across America are falling for.

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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Almost considered putting book down May 27 2014
By Dee
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A little slow to to start. I almost put the book down but turned out to be an ok read.
Not what I expected as it was a first person commentary not really a novel.
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2.0 out of 5 stars BIG TITLE, Small Storyline March 16 2014
By Tina
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I was really disappointed with the flow & actual writing of this book. Was so looking forward to a great storyline based on the book's description, however I was let down and the novel was tough to finish due to my lost interest.
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1.0 out of 5 stars worst book I've read in a while June 18 2013
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars VERY BORING! Feb. 14 2013
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Since it was rated at 4.5 stars, I figured this would be a good read, as Amazon raters are usually right on. However, I quickly found out that this novel is difficult to understand and is not interesting at all. What`s all the hype?
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2.0 out of 5 stars Boring.... Not at all what I expected.... Dec 28 2012
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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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amusing and intelligent chick lit tale June 30 2004
Format:Hardcover
Alison and Tom prepare to host a dinner party with some friends when she realizes that she is out of Dijon mustard needed to make a sauce for the chicken she is cooking. Tom goes to the grocery store to buy some, but instead of returning with non-spicy mustard, he calls an hour later to inform Alison that he is not coming back because he loves someone else. Tom demands that Alison not write a word of how he broke up their relationship in her weekly column she writes for the Philadelphia Times, a floundering Village Voice wannabe.
Tom, who met his college sweetheart for lunch periodically, went back to the beautiful Kate Pearce, with whom he has been sleeping with for several months. A broke Alison, with the encouragement of her pregnant friend Bonnie seeks THE BIG LOVE. She meets males including her boss on sex quests, but though she partakes with some she keeps asking what about Henry, her peer at the paper? He does not seek her scalp for his jock strap, but instead provides support to the bewildered Alison.
THE BIG LOVE is an amusing and intelligent observation of how a thirty-two years old female reacts to her live-in lover dumping her. Alison who narrates much of the chick lit tale is a lively protagonist wondering whether she wants Tom to return to her (could King and Alison's girlfriends be right that "They Always Come Back"?) or find her BIG LOVE as Tom obviously is not. With a strong support cast, Sarah Dunn provides a witty account of recovering and exploring life following a "Big Love" dumping.
Harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Put it Down for Even a Second! 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Literature, not Chick-Lit July 20 2004
Format:Hardcover
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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