Ephron's newest (after The Girl with the Mermaid Hair) follows a trio of women looking to escape their pasts and build a new life in an unlikely place and with an even stranger companion—a former circus lion named Marcel. Lana is a tough recovering alcoholic who has always served as protector of her best friend, Tracee, a kleptomaniac abandoned by her parents when she was young, and currently on the run from dashed hopes that her bum ex would propose. While fixing a flat on their getaway Mustang, Lana and Tracee—still in her immaculate stolen gown—meet Rita, a middle-aged wife and mother wandering down the road, seeking a life apart from her controlling and unloving pastor husband. When an accident leaves them stranded outside a haphazardly built diner called The Lion—complete with a big cat in a big cage—the women's journeys stall, but their lives intertwine and grow together. Taking up as waitresses at the restaurant, they find comfort in their differences, and the strange allure of Marcel—once the center of attention in the big-top—impels the women to reclaim their lives. Ephron fans and newcomers alike will find plenty to enjoy in this fun, refreshing, and incredibly touching read. (May)
Reviewed on: 06/11/2012 Release date: 03/01/2012 Genre: Fiction
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