Second Draft of My Life (Paperback)
|Author: Sara Lewis|
|Novelist Charlotte Dearborn is fed up. She's had enough rejection and unlucky breaks to last a lifetime. Forget writing, she tells herself -- teaching the first grade must be better. Steady work, steady pay, and the children who make it all worthwhile. While she's at it, Charlotte also quits her boyfriend, who seems incapable of commitment. Charlotte is now free to write her life's "second draft" -- and give it a happy ending this time.|
What Charlotte doesn't plan on is how hard it is to get anything done in a room full of six-year-olds. Her new colleagues are at least as challenging. And a series of romantic misadventures fall far short of true love. Desperate for advice and the kind of comfort even a Butterfinger bar can't supply, Charlotte retreats into her own imagination -- where an emergency rewrite on that "second draft" just might be waiting.
An endearing tale of one woman's roundabout quest for happiness, Second Draft of My Life is a wonderful mix of insight and wry humor.
From the Publisher:
Forty-two years and five books into her life, Charlotte Dearborn abandons her noncommittal boyfriend and her sinking-ship writing career, and becomes an elementary school teacher. Sure, she's giving up her dream of being a famous novelist, but in exchange she'll find a stable income, job satisfaction, and maybe even love. At least that's how it'd work if she were a character in one of her novels. In real life, she's busy coping with twenty yelling first-graders, a teacher's lounge full of nasty coworkers, and a series of romantic misadventures that fall far, far short of the real thing.
Charlotte's struggle to navigate the waters of a new career, a new single life, and the loss of her identity as a writer make Second Draft of My Life a funny, compulsively readable gem. From an author The Boston Globe applauded as "very, very good on the business of falling in and out of love," it is part romantic comedy, part manual for living, and wholly triumphant.Tired of rejection, misfortune, and bad luck, would-be novelist Charlotte Dearborn gives up on her dream of becoming a writer for a steady job as a first-grade teacher.
The two main things in Charlotte Dearborn's life--writing career and boyfriend--are not going well, and she gives up both to become a first-grade teacher. Her situation doesn't improve much, as she copes with hostile colleagues, difficult students, and an unrequited crush on a fellow teacher.
"The prose is curiously odorless, colorless, and tasteless....Most noteworthy is the record of Charlotte's 15-year gyration through New York publishing hoops." 03/15/2002