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Rachel Spark is an irreverent, sexually eager, financially unstable thirty-year-old college instructor who moves back home when her mother is diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. As she tries to ease her mother, a perpetually cheerful woman, toward the inevitable, Rachel turns from one man to the next -- sometimes comically, sometimes catastrophically -- as if her own suRachel Spark is an irreverent, sexually eager, financially unstable thirty-year-old college instructor who moves back home when her mother is diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. As she tries to ease her mother, a perpetually cheerful woman, toward the inevitable, Rachel turns from one man to the next -- sometimes comically, sometimes catastrophically -- as if her own survival depended upon it. Ella Bloom, an adult student in Rachel's poetry class, has aspirations beyond her work at a local family planning clinic. But she spends her nights wondering why her husband kissed one of her colleagues and whether it will lead to a full-fledged affair. She is also preoccupied with one of her repeat patients, Georgia, a teenager whose frequent clinic visits speak volumes. What they all have in common is their desire for love, despite its many obstacles. A Girl Becomes a Comma Like That is a novel rife with wit and compassion. A provocative, assured new voice in literary fiction, Lisa Glatt eyes the yardsticks by which we constantly measure our world and ourselves -- devotion, lust, forgiveness, and courage....

Title : A Girl Becomes a Comma Like That: A Novel
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ISBN : 9780743257763
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Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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A Girl Becomes a Comma Like That: A Novel Reviews

  • Carmen
    2019-06-25 07:41

    I find this cover very creepy. I guess it's not supposed to be creepy. But it's freaking me out a little.

  • Rebecca
    2019-07-19 12:34

    It's funny; a lot of the lower-star reviewers say this book wasn't their "cup of tea." I guess, then, that this kind of book is my cup of tea. Because A Girl Becomes a Comma Like That is about women and girls, many want to classify it as "chick lit." Not that "chick lit" is an insult (it's a genre in its own right), but this doesn't qualify. The writing is insightful and literary, if at times overwrought. Also, I'm not sure these interconnected short stories quite pull together to make a cohesive novel, but still--I enjoyed it.

  • Abe Brennan
    2019-07-07 07:40

    In A Girl Becomes A Comma Like That, Lisa Glatt cobbles together an engaging and poignant novel from several short stories and some interstitial passages. Ms. Glatt structures her novel around four female characters, with two, the main character, Rachel Spark, and the equally weighty Georgia Carter, getting the most ink. The Spark character’s story unfolds from a first person point of view, while the rest of the girls’s proceed from third person. With a clever manipulation of time sequences, bouncing non-sequentially between the years 1996 through 2000, Ms. Glatt parses information on her characters through overlapping events from multiple points of view. She is most successful when focusing on the unlikable but engaging Rachel and the very likeable and heartbreaking Georgia. Of the other two characters, Ella Bloom and Angela Burrows, Ella fares the better, with a section long enough to establish our interest, but, sadly, she never comes back, save through the eyes of others, and our relationship feels ultimately unrequited. As for Angela, she is merely a sketch—albeit a good one—and, as such, comes off more as a device than anything else. Still, these criticisms aside, the novel is ultimately successful, with the richness of the main characters and trajectories of their lives more than compensating for the deficiencies in the others.

  • Stef
    2019-06-22 12:30

    I wanted to like this book more than I did. It's definitely a step above most "chick lit" in its subject matter, with the main characters confronting cancer, mortality, mother-daughter relationships, sexuality, marital troubles, etc. But I didn't ever feel close to the characters, and the author's style of switching between narrator and time periods just seemed to create more distance the story. And I didn't see the point of several of the narrators, which made me just wonder why the author included their perspectives in the first place.

  • Kelcey
    2019-07-15 11:35

    The comma refers to curve of the girl's hair on a pillow (per the cover) as well as to the idea that she becomes a pause, an empty silence--either between other girls in a guy's life or in her own life. I forget. But despite the promising concept, the book didn't work for me.

  • Sarah
    2019-07-02 09:26

    this was a good, if somewhat depressing read. the main character’s life is what, several years ago, i thought my life would be like in my 30s. i’m glad it’s not headed in that direction anymore. and, her bff had hives! see, everything comes back to me. but really, it was a good book.

  • Amy
    2019-06-28 11:30

    read this funny and sad book six years ago and I still pull quotes from it. It's dead on w/ dating and women's feelings.

  • Julie
    2019-07-05 08:51

    Beautiful, brutal stories about the dark side love and relationships.

  • Dana
    2019-07-12 06:47

    Eh. Just ok...the one character I remember was fixated on sex and really destructive behavior, and her mother had cancer, and she was just kinda fucked up. I guess it was just depressing.

  • Terry
    2019-06-30 10:38

    Comma chameleon? No. But that's the first thing that popped into my head when I started to write about this book. Maybe because there's more than one way for a girl to become a comma. Blending in, like a chameleon, isn't among the ways mentioned in the novel. Okay. That's out of the way. Karma doesn't fit either.The story had enough grab to keep me turning the pages. Rachel, whose storyline is the predominant one, is caught up in quite a web of students, men, her mother, friends. The other storylines, narrated by the women whose stories they are, all connect to Rachel.Not a book I might ordinarily pick up, a jot of serendipity. If Glatt writes, or has written, another, I'd probably have a go at it.

  • Venessa
    2019-07-13 13:26

    “A girl becomes a comma like that, with wrong boy after wrong boy; she becomes a pause, something quick before the real thing.”I didn’t want to put this book down, which is always a good sign. Truthful and gut-wrenching, love is the predominant theme of Glatt’s first novel. The main mother daughter relationship is poignant without being cloying. Lust rears its head in all of its many forms, and all of its many consequences. Structurally, I love when POV switches back and forth, and Glatt’s structure in this novel made me reconsider the structure of my own. Humor, witty and at times dark, peppers the prose skillfully, appearing at all the right times and never when it shouldn’t. Rachel, a thirty year old writing teacher at the college (but not a professor) and the only 1st person narrator, filters through many men, bringing them to her mother’s apartment, where she moved after her mother was diagnosed with cancer. Some she knows she never wants to see again, others wreak havoc on her life and she wants these ones to stay, but of course they return to other girlfriends and wives. And like any swinging single, Rachel gets her share of admirers. We also get a glimpse into Rachel’s best friend Angela’s unsuccessful escapades with men; Ella, one of Rachel’s students, suddenly shaky and unhappy marriage; and Georgia, one of Ella’s teenage patients at the clinic, who has plenty of lust without any evidence of there being any love. I also love how all of the characters live intertwine….how sometimes they are in the same room with each other without knowing the importance other characters are playing to each other….{bad description!} Good transitions for the most part. Great, natural prose, and the characters all have a very distinct voice. Very polished for a first novel.

  • Ashley
    2019-07-12 11:54

    For some reason, I always thought this was a memoir. It was not. Instead, it was almost a short story collection about several women, with a loose thread connecting them. I found the character of Rachel Sparks - promiscuous professor who lives with her mother. Her mom is dying of breast cancer, which is something else Rachel is trying to deal with. I found her to be annoying, immature, and too in-your-face. Yes, you're promiscuous and make horrible decisions. No, I don't want to read about is ad naseum. Ella Bloom, a young newlywed in Rachel's class, who works at a family planning clinic was probably my favorite. She walked in on her husband kissing her co-worker and is struggling with doubt. She seemed sweet and genuine but lost her temper a few times, which was nice to see as well.Georgia is a promiscuous young teen who seeks care at the clinic Ella works at. There was also a random chapter from Angela, one of Rachel's friends, which seemed very out of place to me. Glatt is a decent writer, though it's a bit overdone at times. She's taleneted at giving the worst moments in someone's life poignant words and descriptions, but that was about it. Glatt's writing was the only thing that kept this from being a one-star, dude-I-don't even know type of book.

  • Michele
    2019-07-04 06:52

    Riding Down a One-Way Street While taking in this story of a promiscuous, young woman coping with her mother's cancer, I often wondered why I continued reading. The woman, Rachel, doesn't strike me as physically attractive, she's snobby, depressed, totally irreverent towards just about everyone and everything, and the blunt sexual descriptions of acts performed by not only her but also by the story's secondary characters (who all, by the way, seemed like the same character with different names and different jobs) were a real turn-off.HOWEVER, there was something gut wrenching and real about the writing that kept me turning the pages very quickly. Lisa Glatt gets into the heads of her characters and exposes their deepest secrets and their most profound fears. She ultimately succeeds with this story by putting cancer right out there and shows us what it's like to live with someone you love who is disappearing before your very eyes.Well into the book she uses a metaphor for cancer that I will never forget. She compares it to driving down a one-way street. Brilliant.For anyone who has lost a loved-one, particularly a mother (whether or not to cancer) this book will be difficult. It is, however, poignant, well written and deeply meaningful.

  • Christy
    2019-06-28 06:32

    This novel is almost more of a short story cycle, with a fine narrative thread. The stories are told from the perspectives of several women, all dealing with sexuality and relationships in their own ways. I appreciated most that the book took a very non-judgmental approach in its portrayal of promiscuous women, while also acknowledging the cultural baggage around being a promiscuous woman. I found that very refreshing, since it's more common to see promiscuity used as a shortcut to showing that a female character is trashy or unlovable or otherwise unacceptable. There were some moments that felt a bit workshop-ish, and the ending story was a little too easy a conclusion. Overall, a satisfying read.

  • Erin
    2019-06-28 10:51

    This book is about three women Rachel, Ella and Georgia. The book is intriguing and very easy to read, with the main story line being about a woman who's Mother is dying of metastatic breast cancer. In that regard it hit very close to home for me. At times it's very detailed about all the women's sexual encounters, to the point of being somewhat shocking for what I normally read (so, warning to the faint of heart). Rachel is the main character & her story is more complete then the others but the rest almost feel like a collection of short stories that happen to (vaguely and only in a minor way) intertwine. I read this book quickly and enjoyed while I was reading but did feel that it was lacking any real conclusion for all characters outside of Rachel.

  • Bj Hickman
    2019-07-16 10:47

    This was my new book club's second read. Again, we didn't like the lead character, but I personally thought this book was very well written. The author is an instructor at Cal State Long Beach University, and she lives in Long Beach. The book was set in Long Beach and Seal Beach, so if you're from Orange County, it's wonderfully familiar. Made me feel like I was following her around town, rather than reading about her. You can go to the blog on my website (shown on my profile) for one part of the book that really spoke to me.

  • Renda Dodge
    2019-07-21 08:40

    I'm going to have to put this book aside as I'm having a hard time getting through it. I'm frustrated by the author's weirdly intimate details of sex acts, and then further explanation of things that have no tie back to the story (I don't really need an entire paragraph on the character cutting her leg in the shower). The character is flat, we don't really learn much about her, it's like we were popped into her life without any real explanation of who she is or why she is doing the things she is doing, which makes her strange and unusual choices even more baffling.

  • Gail Guglielmino
    2019-07-13 12:31

    This book had moments when it was special. The developing grief over a mother dying of cancer was poignant and painful. It felt authentic. But I had a bit of difficulty with the separate stories of the characters becoming intwined and the emphasis on meaningless, and often anonymous sex as a coping mechanism seemed too stark. I enjoyed the book but felt it had the potential to be much more than it eventually was.

  • Kendra
    2019-07-13 12:38

    While Rachel's mother is dying of cancer, Rachel is coping by sleeping with everyone she meets. I couldn't really get very interested in her character, but I did enjoy the sections of the book about the lives of some of the other characters. Lisa Glatt can definitely write, but this novel just didn't do much for me -- and at the end, I wanted to hear more about the other characters, especially Georgia.

  • M. Rose
    2019-07-03 06:32

    At first I wasn't sure about this book. It switches narrative, from first to third and back to first again. However, the further I got into it, the more I enjoyed it. The shifting from first to third allowed the reader to keep in touch with the main story arc even when secondary ones were added in. This novel is a fast easy read, but might be better on second read through when you've situated all the characters and events in your mind.

  • george
    2019-07-20 05:27

    This didn't do much for me. It reminded me of The Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing, which I tried at lest twice to like and just ended up hating it more. I think it's the format--a book composed of short stories that intertwine. Most of the sections focused on Rachel, a college professor in her thirties that I pretty much hated. I did enjoy the parts about Emma and Georgia, but not enough to make me really like this book. Not for me.

  • Samantha
    2019-06-24 12:33

    This book was okay. It was interesting, not your typical book about girls, but not overall intriguing. There isn't really a climax to this story. You're simply introduced to three girls and shown a sneak peek into their lives and then the book is over. I like that it showed girls in a way that society doesn't usually look at girls, but that was really the only redeeming quality of this book. Not sure I would read it again, but I don't regret reading it once.

  • G
    2019-07-21 09:45

    It started out somewhat interesting woman has a terminally ill mother and attempts to find solace in throw away relationships. The novel is well written but that is about it. After the first 150 pages none of the characters progressed. If you are trapped on a non-stop flight and are unable to fall asleep or your I-pod battery is dead I would suggest reading the in flight magazine or making up biographies for the passengers seated near by before taking the time to read this novel.

  • William
    2019-07-07 07:42

    A story of several women at various stages of adulthood, including a college-aged writer and women’s clinic worker, a professor of poetry, the professor’s mother (dealing with recurring cancer), and others. Most of the characters fixate on relationships, sex, identity, death, sex as a response to death, and intimacy. A quick read and nicely written novel, comparable toLayover, a book I think surpasses this one in moments light and dark.

  • Kariena
    2019-07-06 12:32

    I'd never her of this "novel" or the author, picked it off the shelf in the library because I found the title quite intriguing. I'm not sure what makes this a novel instead of three separate short stories. The chapters skip back and forth between the stories, but aside from the fact that the lead female characters know each other casually (not as friends), there is no connection between the stories and certainly not a single plot line that unites them. But they are pretty good stories.

  • Sheri
    2019-07-01 06:28

    I really enjoyed this book. I was planning on taking it to read on my vacation, but I ended up starting before I left. Then I couldn't put it down. The characters in it are flawed, but real people. That was part of why I liked this book so much. In certain situations, I could relate to them. I liked this book better than the author's book of short stories, The Apple's Bruise.

  • Anna
    2019-07-15 12:29

    UGH.. This book had potential!!! The way the author writes was terrible.. she ruined the book.. I don't really know what to say about it - don't waste your time - it was almost as if the writer wanted to write a longer book but got scared so then wrote a shorter book that had so many questions and no answers and no ending.. I would not pick up another book from this writer again!

  • michelle
    2019-06-24 12:43

    I'm counting this as a stoop book but really I took it from the "lending library" at my little resort in Mexico (and I'm probably leaving it here on the bus now that I'm done).I think this might be a good book but i should really know better than to read books about girls with mothers dying of cancer.

  • Emily
    2019-06-27 05:47

    from holly lu: has anyone read the novel, "a girl becomes a comma like that" by lisa glatt? her voice is utterly unique--i can't think of anyone to whom to compare her sharp, penetrating, quirky style. even tho' it's depressing as hell in perspective (women's r/ship w/our bodies, our friends, our mothers), i was sorry to finish it.

  • Ashley
    2019-07-20 12:33

    it could've been really good. the author just dropped parts of her plot line, limiting the chance of it being a great book. i wanted her to follow through with two of her female characters and she just ended the novel. it was a quick, easy read. don't read it if you are dealing with someone who has cancer...