The Effect of Living Backwards

The Effect of Living Backwards

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Penguin Putnam
Alice and Edith are sisters, soul mates, and archenemies.

Alice, the "good girl," is everything the stunning, wanton, and morally whimsical Edith is not. Except that both are expert manipulators-a power that is tested and exploited when the plane they are on is hijacked.

There's something decidedly strange about Bruno, one of the hijackers, not to mention his inept collaborators. When Alice is chosen to communicate with the hostage negotiator, Edith decides to take matters into her own hands by seducing Bruno. Alice finds herself growing smitten with the hostage negotiator, even as it becomes harder to distinguish her allies from her enemies in this elliptical airborne game show. When the hostages are taken to a hotel in a deserted Moroccan oasis town, Alice must confront the fact that if she wants to save herself, she will be forced to sacrifice someone she loves.

The Effect of Living Backwards is a comic, heartbreaking novel for our new and uncertain age.

Baker & Taylor
Rival siblings and soul mates Alice and Edith, the former a "good girl," the latter a wanton ne'er-do-well, put their shared manipulative talents to the test when the plane they are on is hijacked by unlikely criminal Bruno and his team of inept collaborators.

Blackwell North Amer
Alice and Edith are sisters, best friends, and archenemies. Alice, the "good girl," is everything the stunning, wanton, and morally whimsical Edith is not. Both have an unhealthy attraction to shame and disgrace, and both are expert manipulators - a power that is tested and exploited when the plane they are traveling on is commandeered by a blind terrorist in what may or may not be a hijacking.
There's something decidedly strange about Bruno, the terrorist - not to mention his inept collaborators and his perverse methods. When Alice is chosen to communicate with the hostage negotiator, Edith decides to align herself with Bruno. Alice is inexplicably drawn to the hostage negotiator, even as it becomes harder and harder to distinguish allies from enemies in what begins to feel like an elliptical airborne game show. Trapped on the plane with a pill-popping pregnant heiress, archaeologists on their way to a reunion, a wealthy, womanizing Indian man, and a dog named Verne, Alice learns a few valuable lessons about sibling rivalry, about love and about discovering who she is - even while pretending to be someone else.

Publisher: New York : Putnam c2003
ISBN: 9780399150494
0399150498
Branch Call Number: F JUL
Characteristics: 325 p. ; 24 cm

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