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Couch World
by Cathy Yardley

Category: Fiction / General
0 pages; ISBN: 0373895097

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


Couch World
Cathy Yardley
Red Dress, Jan 2005, $12.95, 304 pp.
ISBN: 0373895097

In San Francisco punter P.J. Sherman enjoys her lifestyle as a fill in when a DJ cannot make a gig. She has no responsibilities not even taking care of an apartment or a home. Instead she is the ultimate couch potato sleeping on different people’s couches every night. She is saving every penny she earns so that she can make a special demo of the music; everything is the music.

Through the model Samantha, P.J. meets DJ-Dizzy who offers to help her get a demo and show it off to the right people in the industry. However, Samantha becomes upset because she wants DJ-Dizzy as her own and does not want some homeless wanderer to get in her way. P.J. also has a second problem as she crashed on the couch of Leslie, a reporter, who wants to do a story on the “urban Bedouin”; to do so Leslie needs to look into the past of the punter. If certain things surface P.J. knows her musical dreams will crash.

This is an interesting look at a subculture that will fascinate readers as the likable P.J. makes the rounds of couches. P.J. is a delightful center to the study as her lifestyle and love of music makes the story line hum. Readers who appreciate a wonderful character study starring and odd but affable lead protagonist will take pleasure in this joy ride around the Bay area club lifestyle.

Harriet Klausner


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