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Tunnel of Love Hardcover – May 1 1994

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Harpercollins; 1st edition (May 1 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061180076
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061180071
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 794 g
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From Library Journal

Pregnant widow Linda Reismann and her recently acquired teenage stepdaughter, Robin, are hardly friends, let alone family. A move to Los Angeles lands them at the bottom of the economic barrel. Robin withdraws into a cocoon of soap operas and rock music, while Linda loses a series of jobs owing to her pregnancy. She does acquire a kindly boyfriend, but he is soon killed in a liquor store shootout. Robin promptly claims that her stepmother is the kiss of death. Their hostilities are temporarily suspended by the joyous arrival of baby Phoebe. When TV producer Cynthia Sterling gives Linda not only a job but heaps of gifts and carte blanche to her mansion, cynical Robin sniffs out danger. Right she is, and a melodrama involving the custody of Phoebe unfolds. Predictable to a fault, a ticket for the Tunnel of Love promises a lot more than it delivers. But Wolitzer's readers, especially those who remember Linda and Robin from Hearts (LJ 11/1/80; Ivy, 1990. reprint), may want to give this a try.
--Keddy Ann Outlaw, Harris Cty. P.L., Houston
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Linda Reismann is a 24-year-old widow, saddled with an unborn child and teenage Robin, the daughter of her former husband. She travels from Newark to Los Angeles looking for a new start. An aging liquor-store owner hires her, proposes marriage, then is shot by a robber. A Latino dance instructor helps her get work at an upscale aerobic salon, but he turns out to be married. Cynthia Sterling, a wealthy soap-opera producer, hires her as a personal trainer; she supplies incredible medical care and moral support in the aftermath of a terrible car accident (caused by Robin), then files suit for custody of Linda's baby, calling her an unfit mother. Linda's life reads like the hard-luck story of a pleasant young woman until it turns up as a dossier composed by Sterling's private investigators. Linda reckons herself guilty of "criminal innocence"; but finally learns to fight the kindness of strangers and other essential battles. Wolitzer balances the instability and general kookiness of Linda's family life against the warmth and closeness of Robin's best friends, two black girls whose strong family bonds are tested severely by the L.A. riots. One of Wolitzer's best novels, filled with multiple levels of meaning and a nonstop story line. Denise Perry Donavin

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