Cleaning Nabokov's House Lib/E (Compact Disc)
March 2011 Indie Next List
“Barb Barrett leaves her loveless marriage - she refers to her now former husband as the 'ex-person' - and in the process manages to lose everything including her two children. Trying to put her life back together, she moves into a house once occupied by Vladimir Nabokov and discovers a manuscript that may or not be his. Thus begins a sweet tale of a quirky, charming and very funny woman finding her way, seeking happiness and fulfillment by some rather unconventional ways.”
— Ellen Burns, Books On The Common, Ridgefield, CT
Blending bittersweet humor and defiant originality, this stunning debut about a woman rediscovering herself after a divorce explores the heartbreaking and sometimes funny aspects of the mess called love.
Barb Barrett has inadequate skills for relationships. In particular, she cannot follow her husband's instructions. Because of this character "flaw," she falls through the safety net of her lousy marriage, losing custody of her children and her home as she plummets. Guided only by her intense inner life, and a questionable business plan, Barb is determined to reinvent herself. She moves into a house once occupied by the literary genius Vladimir Nabokov, author of the notorious Lolita. She discovers what could be Nabokov's last unpublished manuscript and from there begins a painful yet joyous journey that is deliciously romantic, both darkly comic and wise.
Introducing a dazzling new voice in fiction, Cleaning Nabokov's House will enchant women's fiction lovers with an accessible and engaging voice they will come to cherish.