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The White Palazzo by Ellen Cooney
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The White Palazzo

by Ellen Cooney

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Days before her wedding, Tara Barlow ditches her fianc√© and her hometown to head west in her prize Mustang after she discovers that her dream wedding venue--the White Cliffs--has burned down. Tara's alarmed family sends the town psychic, Guida, to find her. When she tracks Tara to a town full of Fellini-esque characters, the two find themselves surprised but requited in their mutual attraction. They immediately hit the road, attempting to live out the happy ending Thelma and Louise only dreamed about. Ellen Cooneyis the author of three novels. Her stories appear inThe New Yorker, The Literary Review, andStorymagazines. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.… (more)

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I found The White Palazzo less enjoyable than Cooney's newer A Private Hotel for Gentle Ladies -- the book feels like a poorly conceived chick flick -- everyone was A Character. Quirkiness abounds, but not in a fun way. In a rather aggravating, no-one-could-really-live-like-this sort of way.

Tara is young, pretty, preternaturally lucky, and let's not forget, quirky! For a series of ridiculous and random reasons, Tara leaves her male fiancee and disappears. Local, older psychic Signora Guida is hired to find her. In the end, Guida finds Tara (in more than one way) and in the quirky manner of quirky people, they fall wildly in love and move in together. This was a quick read--started and finished before noon on a Saturday. ( )
  unabridgedchick | Mar 31, 2009 |
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