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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
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,050,107 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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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
Format: Paperback
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
Format: Paperback
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
Format: Paperback
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 fell in love with the humor in it June 3 2015
By equestrian326 - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This was written by a local community college professor who I had the honor of taking a class from while there. I bought this book years ago, fell in love with the humor in it, and loaned it to practically all my friends. One in particular has borrowed it more than once so I decided this past Christmas it was time to buy her her own copy. She was so excited, especially when she saw I had gotten her another one of Jody's books as well!!
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book July 31 2014
By Diane L. - Published on
Format: Paperback
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!

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