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Second Draft of My Life
by Sara Lewis

Category: Fiction / General
0 pages; ISBN: 0743436709

Rating: 8/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner


Encouraged by her agent, forty-two years old highly acclaimed novelist (at least in the minds of can’t write reviewers who enjoy the unrecognizable), Charlotte Dearborn decides to give up her writing career after the South Coast Book Awards banquet. Charlotte was nominated in the wrong category with the wrong title and even the wrong first name. Though minor in the scheme of life, the frustrated author feels this piece of straw breaks the “back” of her word processor. She has had enough of failure so she decides to start a new career.

Charlotte decides to become an early elementary school teacher figuring that the switch from writing literature to teaching reading should prove easy. That thought quickly changes once she meets her class of conquering little kids and her beaten down peers. Charlotte keeps a journal of her tribulations UP THE DOWN STAIRCASE that soon turns into a manuscript starring a Don Quixote teacher fighting windmills of varying size.

Charlotte is the key to this satirical look at publishing and teaching. However, the heroine carries too many burdens in her personal life that slows down her keen amusing look at her two professional lives. The cleverly drawn cardboard support characters (their black and white existence enable Charlotte’s colorful web to stand out further) lead to a humorous though ironically loaded with too much angst novel. Still readers will answer yes to this humorous tale while seeking Sarah, make that Sara Carey’s, previous tales.

Harriet Klausner


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