Monday, April 7, 2014

(31)Driving Lessons by Zoe Fishman

Driving Lessons


Pages: 336
Publication Date: April 8, 2014


Thirty-something Sarah has had it with New York City life.  The crowds, the noise, the fourth floor walk-up is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to things she dislikes about the city.  Just when Sarah and her husband agree to move from the city he is offered a job at a small college in Virginia and that is that.

Life in small town is not exactly what Sarah was expecting, especially when she realizes that the only way to get around is to drive and that is not something that this city girl is looking forward to. She is reluctantly adjusting to the need to drive and the overall culture shock that comes with moving to the South when she discovers that her best friend, Mona was diagnosed with cervical cancer.   Sarah drops everything and rushes back to the city that she was so eager to leave. When faced with so many life changing events will Sarah be able to work through them all and find happiness in the country?  Or will she go back to the city with or without her husband?

Driving Lessons is one of those books where you get to watch the main character, in this case, Sarah, grow exponentially from the person she was on page one.  It was funny to watch her because she was the one so desperate to get out of the city, yet she was the one who turned her nose up to so many "country" things. Such as the local eateries and shopkeepers, like Mytzi.  The local townsfolk were fun if not a bit stereotypical, they certainly did add to the atmosphere of the book.  Not only did I love watching the tender relationship between Sarah and her best friend, but the relationship between Sarah and her Sister-In-Law Kate was interesting to watch develop, especially after the birth of Sarah's nephew.  So funny!

Bottom line, Driving Lessons is a sweet and tender novel about the growth of one woman.  This is one of those books that will make you smile, make you think, and make you feel.   If you are looking for one of those "feel good" novels then you must pick up Driving Lessons. Enjoy!

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