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Author: Barbara Samuel Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Random House Audio Audio Length: Release Date: June 2004 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781415908143

Publisher Description

A successful Web designer, forty-year-old India has a fabulously hip life in Denver and a sexy Irish lover in New York who jets out to see her on bi-weekly visits. The long-distance romance suits India just fine: Though Jack is the only man who has ever made India feel truly alive, she doesn’t want things to get too serious. But then her father passes away, and India must honor the promise she made to him: to look after her mother when he’s gone. Suddenly India finds herself back in Colorado Springs with the woman who both intrigues and infuriates her. Eldora is sixty something and exquisitely gorgeous, but her larger-than-life personality can suck the air out of a room. True to form, Eldora throws India a curveball, insisting that they hit the road to look for India’s twin, Gypsy, a brilliant artist who lives a vagabond’s existence in the remote mountain towns of New Mexico. It looks like India can’t avoid her mother’s intensity any longer, especially after she discovers stunning secrets from Eldora’s past. Thirty years ago, Eldora regaled her twin girls with glamorous stories about her days as a Las Vegas showgirl– stories of martinis and music at the Sahara, back when Frank and Sammy ruled the town. But the story of how she really ended up in Sin City, and the unsavory life she’d run from with her daughters in tow, is full of details she’s never seen fit to share–until now. As mother and daughter sail down Route 66, the very road Eldora drove those many years ago, looking for Gypsy, while passing motels, diners, and souvenir shops, Eldora must relive a lifetime of memories that have tormented her before she can put them to rest once and for all. . . . Award-winning author Barbara Samuel brings us a heartfelt story of second chances and unexpected detours. As two women come to terms with themselves and each other, the past unravels and the future spreads out before them like the open road.

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Quotes

  • “A magical road trip…a pair of unforgettable women on a quest to understand their own lives…and a drop-dead gorgeous man looking for love. What more could a reader want? This is a complex, beautiful, and moving story.”

    - Kristin Hannah, New York Times bestselling author
  • “A mother and daughter lurch down memory lane…Route 66, with its ersatz tourist temptations and slightly menacing air, provides a rich and evocative backdrop.”

    - Publishers Weekly

Awards

  • Winner of the RITA Award

Customer Reviews

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I really enjoyed reading this book - good family dynamincs and lots of plot revelations. The character of the mom (Eudora)examines Las Vegas from the eyes of one who had been involved in the heyday of the Rat Pack. This is a good summer read. "

    - Patty, 1/16/2014
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " It was a pretty good book, a story of a girl in her mom driving cross country and learning stories about her mom she never knew. "

    - Nela, 1/6/2014
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This book was good, but nothing spectacular. I waffled between three and four stars for this one because it's not that it was bad or that I disliked the story because that is definitely not the case. It just lacked a certain... hook. It was missing something that would have made me love it. "

    - Courtney, 12/20/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Fun but quirkly little book. Mother/ Daughter road trip to hell. This is where you learn there is only so much you want to know about your Mother's love life. "

    - Patan, 12/20/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Very richly developed characters. Barbara Samuel has a gift for description. It was fun to read more about my state too as their journey took them through much of northern New Mexico. "

    - Tif, 10/30/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I like the characters that Barbara creates. The seem real, not a pretend person with all 100% good or bad. In this book, I really care about Eldora, India, and Gypsy. "

    - Tonya, 10/28/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This is about a woman and her mother connecting on a road trip searching for themselves and a lost sister/daughter. Very much worth reading "

    - Kim, 8/3/2013
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Nothing to special. Pretty predictable, easy, light reading. "

    - Amber, 5/20/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Any story that can make me miss and love and appreciate my baby boy and husband even more than I already do must touch upon some deep truths and true notes. I enjoyed the stories and characters reasonably well. It's not a masterpiece and I'm not in love with the tale, but it was a good read. "

    - Virginia, 10/27/2012
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Loved the mother daughter relationship, prickly and loving like real ones are. "

    - Megrarian, 7/13/2012
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Maybe even 4.5, but it is not as good as Madame Mirabou's School of Love. "

    - Karate1kid, 5/25/2012
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Would not recommend when there are so many good books to read - just so, so - "

    - Jan, 5/10/2012
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Again I am so drawn into the books of Barbara Samuel. I can't even begin to speak about how much this story, this family moved me. The characters are so real and the story is so good. They will stay with me forever. "

    - Melissa, 4/11/2012
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " I finished this book a couple nights ago. It was good. A nice heartwarming story about a mom and daughter. Life cleansing and what not from the mother and the daughter has her own issues. Pretty good. "

    - Elizabeth, 1/9/2012
  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " I hated the writing style of this book, it was too sloppy and inconsistent for my taste. "

    - Michael, 10/28/2011
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I love anything Barbara writes, but this is the best of hers that I've read so far. The setting is a character, and the rich story unfolds in layers as mother and daughter travel old Route 66 in search of their Schizophrenic sister/daughter. Uplifting and wonderful. "

    - Laura, 6/20/2011
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This my favorite of Barbara Samuel/Barbara O'Neal books - loved, loved, loved it!! It's also on my list of all-time favorite reads! "

    - Kathy, 1/14/2011
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Any story that can make me miss and love and appreciate my baby boy and husband even more than I already do must touch upon some deep truths and true notes. I enjoyed the stories and characters reasonably well. It's not a masterpiece and I'm not in love with the tale, but it was a good read. "

    - Virginia, 6/7/2010
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I like the characters that Barbara creates. The seem real, not a pretend person with all 100% good or bad. In this book, I really care about Eldora, India, and Gypsy. "

    - Tonya, 5/2/2010
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Would not recommend when there are so many good books to read - just so, so - "

    - Jan, 3/28/2010
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Fun but quirkly little book. Mother/ Daughter road trip to hell. This is where you learn there is only so much you want to know about your Mother's love life. "

    - Patan, 10/10/2009
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " It was a pretty good book, a story of a girl in her mom driving cross country and learning stories about her mom she never knew. "

    - Nela, 7/9/2009
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I really like this woman's writing. Something about the way she does it just draws me in, from the very beginning right to the very end. Unfortunately I have read all of the ones of hers that are at the library. Guess I will have to get them some other way! "

    - Jeffrey, 4/3/2009
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Very richly developed characters. Barbara Samuel has a gift for description. It was fun to read more about my state too as their journey took them through much of northern New Mexico. "

    - Tif, 3/26/2009
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This is about a woman and her mother connecting on a road trip searching for themselves and a lost sister/daughter. Very much worth reading "

    - Kim, 8/10/2008
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " I finished this book a couple nights ago. It was good. A nice heartwarming story about a mom and daughter. Life cleansing and what not from the mother and the daughter has her own issues. Pretty good. "

    - Elizabeth, 6/26/2008

About the Author

Barbara Samuel is an award-winning author and lives in Pueblo, Colorado with her husband and two sons.

About the Narrator

Bernadette Dunne is the winner of more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway.