George & Lizzie

George & Lizzie

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"George and Lizzie have radically different understandings of what love and marriage should be. George grew up in a warm and loving family--his father an orthodontist, his mother a stay-at-home mom--while Lizzie grew up as the only child of two famous psychologists, who viewed her more as an in-house experiment than a child to love. Over the course of their marriage, nothing has changed--George is happy; Lizzie remains unfulfilled. When a shameful secret from Lizzie's past resurfaces, she'll need to face her fears in order to accept the true nature of the relationship she and George have built over a decade together."--
Publisher: New York : Touchstone, 2017
Edition: First Touchstone hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501162909
150116290X
9781501162893
1501162896
Branch Call Number: FIC PEARL 2017
Characteristics: 278 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: George and Lizzie

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The daughter of two renowned narcissistic psychologists, Lizzie’s problem has always been overthinking everything. George, raised in a very adoring family, comes into Lizzie’s life with one goal – to love her completely and forever. Can she relinquish the past to move toward the happiness that co... Read More »


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brangwinn
Dec 20, 2017

Nancy Pearl has written a fun first novel, weaving in her love of literature along the way. The relationship of George and Lizzy seems to grow in strength despite Lizzy’s longing for a college lover.

marycatlyons Dec 05, 2017

If you find fault with overly self-centered, selfish characters who look for others upon whom they may place their blame, I would suggest you not read this title. However, if you like that kind of character, by all means, go right ahead with this title. George was adorable and I feel like I need at least one of him in my life. Lizzie, however, will leave you with a sour taste in your mouth and often makes the reader (at least in my case) state "This woman," on multiple occasions, accompanied by a very judgemental eyeroll. Reader, you have been warned.

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seamo
Dec 01, 2017

I deeply disliked this novel. I loved a flawed protagonist, but Lizzie was so flawed and boring, I could hardly pinpoint any redeeming qualities. I would skip this one.

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HerNoseInABookGal
Nov 22, 2017

I didn't think I would like this book but then I did. I was so mad at Lizzie sometimes I wanted to strangle her. Other parts of the book made me chuckle deeply to my toes. I am going to buy a copy of George & Lizzie so I can underline and look up all the vocabulary words, literature and poetry references . I Lizzie acknowledges all the football players. I am truly sorry to my fellow SPL patrons for returning 4 days late with so many of you waiting. I just had to finish George & Lizzie!

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wodebaobei
Oct 02, 2017

Drug taking and having sex with a football team? Not just one player but the whole team? Gee! Thanks for the commentary/review. I won't be reading Nancy's latest.

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spiderfelt_0
Sep 29, 2017

There is no doubt that Nancy Pearl is a local treasure, recommending books for every taste and persuasion. I have loved listening to her on KUOW. When I saw she was publishing a book, I pumped my fist. Go Nancy! Congratulations for trying something new, for branching out and taking a risk.

With all of the advance promotion and anticipation, I was sorely disappointed by this book. I'm not sure what sort of story I was expecting, but it certainly wasn't a young woman trying to bury her sorrows with alcohol and drug use after deciding to have sex with her high school football team as a 'game'. As Nancy herself suggests, if a book doesn't grab you in the first 50 pages, you should walk away. I pushed the book away and then looked around for honest reviews. This seems to be a case of the Emperor Wears No Clothes. If it wasn't for Pearl's rock-star status, would this book have made it to publication?

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wclsfolif
Sep 17, 2017

Great KUOW interview, if you have not heard it.
http://kuow.org/term/nancy-pearl

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stephaniedchase
Jul 04, 2017

GEORGE & LIZZIE is a book for readers who love characters. Imperfect -- and confused -- Lizzie will jump out at you from the beginning, and whether you immediately love her, as I did, or hate her, you must give her a chance, for along the way, you'll meet the wonderful Marla and James, and George's fantastic parents, Lizzie's not-so-fantastic parents, and George, of course.

Nancy Pearl talks about writing the kind of story she likes to read, and she's certainly written the kind I like to read as well: complex, messy characters who make choices in spite of themselves, writing and language full of energy, and an exploration of deep, long-time friendship. I was also pleasantly surprised at how pitch-perfect Pearl writes about Generation X; I went in, having read the "marriage at a crossroads" description, expecting to read about characters much older than George and Lizzie are, and I loved to instead see characters struggling through the same kinds of societal and generational challenges that I did. It is also to me not as much a story about a marriage as it is about choices and the tales we tell ourselves. I only wish I could have spent more time with George and Lizzie.

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