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Miss Kansas City : a novel

Author: Joan Frank
Publisher: Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, ©2006.
Series: Michigan Literary Fiction Awards.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Fiction : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Miss Kansas City is the story of an improbable friendship, set in the tumultuous mid-80s dotcom California, where youthful greed and blinkered innocence arrive intertwined. Friendless and reclusive, Alex Blue commutes two hours each way to a job that serves mainly as a place to bide time, until one day she meets the wealthy, worldly-and married-owner of a high-concept Bay Area lifestyle company. Meanwhile, the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Domestic fiction
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Frank, Joan, 1949-
Miss Kansas City.
Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, ©2006
(DLC) 2006008021
(OCoLC)64770871
Material Type: Document, Fiction, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Joan Frank
ISBN: 9780472021673 0472021672
OCLC Number: 593265504
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (247 pages).
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: ""People always said at first that Alex Blue looked like Alice in Wonderland""; ""Days werenâ#x80;#x99;t always crystalline in Marin""; ""Morton Levi was director of print production""; ""Gray had a wife, of course. Cynthia. ""; ""The lobby of Infinite Information was an all-glass room with plumcolored carpet""; ""The walk to the Wayfarer from the office was a matter of two blocks""; ""Alex sometimes took refuge in a steam room after work, before the long drive home""; ""Skip liked amusement. That was one of the first things Mort learned.""; ""â#x80;#x9C;Who are your friends?â#x80;#x9D;"" ""Â#x80;#x9C;Why donâ#x80;#x99;t you just fly over, Allie? Whatâ#x80;#x99;s preventing it?â#x80;#x9D;""""Hadrian was not what she had bargained for.""; ""Breathe.""; ""He â#x80;#x99;s a sponge for information. Repeats sentences, words.""; ""Letty brought herself close to the door ""; ""Behind her and around her, newsroom noise, pulsing phones, shouts, ""; ""â#x80;#x9C;Itâ#x80;#x99;s my fault, â#x80;#x9D; she had whispered, watching Gray slumped there.""; ""Skip moved his ass a little on the plastic seat.""; ""He didnâ#x80;#x99;t say anything to her while he drove.""; ""Morton Levi carried on alone, in the July weeks following his interview with Alex"" ""When Skip had been given a cold glass of juice """"Kamala folded her arms as she settled her bottom""; ""Alex told Maddie at once about Gray, but not about the abortion.""; ""As girls, theyâ#x80;#x99;d agreed well enough.""; ""When Maddie became awareâ#x80;#x94;only dimly, she was just eleven""; ""It didnâ#x80;#x99;t happen the way it was supposed to.""; ""Just before you enter the Waldo Tunnel ""; ""When Alex got back to Sausalito harbor the clouds had taken over.""; ""Morton Andrea Levi struggled to consciousness that same Sunday""; ""Kamala found Letty at the Wayfarer, at nine in the morning Monday."" ""Its name, Alex remembered, was Astoria.""""On the same afternoon, at roughly the same hour, Mort showered ""; ""The two heads, on consideration, were known to Alex.""; ""A mop-up, from the look of it.""; ""It was easy to remember the doctorâ#x80;#x99;s name.""; ""Mort was watering the flowers that Friday after work, when the phone rang.""; ""God, but the drive was long.""; ""For a beat he thought he would faint.""; ""He got her set up in time, a mug of strong black tea, some crackers he'd found""; ""Kamala screamed when she saw them standing together in the parking lot.""
Series Title: Michigan Literary Fiction Awards.
Responsibility: Joan Frank.
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Miss Kansas City is the story of an improbable friendship, set in the tumultuous mid-80s dotcom California, where youthful greed and blinkered innocence arrive intertwined. Friendless and reclusive, Alex Blue commutes two hours each way to a job that serves mainly as a place to bide time, until one day she meets the wealthy, worldly-and married-owner of a high-concept Bay Area lifestyle company. Meanwhile, the melancholy and closeted Morton Levi, yearning for a loving partner but stung by prior experience, lives a secret life outside the software information company he manages with a stead.

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"Miss Kansas City is an utterly convincing portrait of a world at once specific to its time and place, and yet also universal. Both heartbreaking and redeeming." - Eileen Pollack, judge, Michigan Read more...

 
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