DESCRIPTION: Herodotus Shapiro has had an unbelievably bad week. His wife left him. The IRS is after him for thousands of dollars. His home/bookstore burned down. On his way to take refuge at his brother's place he got a speeding ticket. And now his car has broken down in the middle of the desert in front of a large mansion. What more can go wrong?
But now his world takes a turn for the weird. The mansion has a snowman on the front lawn--in the desert in July. The house, which is bigger on the inside than on the outside, is owned by Polly, the most preternaturally beautiful young woman he's ever met. Polly is an acrobat, a gourmet chef, a psychologist, an international financial consultant, a physicist and a woman of who-knows how many other incredible talents. She has an unbelievable library, an art collection of all the world's great masterpieces and a print of a previously unknown Marx Brothers film. Her toilet paper is actually silk.
And she seems to have some mysterious plans for him....
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"All hands on Decalogue! A protagonist readers will find it easy to identify and empathize with, a classic journey story told with wit, wisdom and deceptive ease, and the most interesting guest star ever--what's not to like, here? Perhaps writers who attempt a book like Polly! wanna crack or two across the face for their audacity (to parrot conventional wisdom)--but not if they can manage to pull it off this entertainingly."--Spider Robinson, co-author of Variable Star by Robert A. Heinlein and Spider Robinson
"Polly is a book aspiring writers should read just to study the craft. Goldin calls on everything he knows from the silly to the profound to create a story that starts out entertaining and winds up being thought-provoking."--Bill Furlow, Great Books Under $5. Complete review
"Fast moving, well-written, tongue-in-cheek dramatic comedy which was so representative of real-life in some aspects, it felt like coming home. I thoroughly enjoyed Polly!"--Red Haircrow, Flying With Red Haircrow. Complete review
"Polly! is a quirky contemporary fantasy with a hopeful message... The pacing is smooth, there's never a dull moment, and it's always engaging and unpredictable."--Adarna SF Complete review
"The various twists and turns throughout are captivating and the overall effect is well executed. "--Kirsty Hewitt Complete review
"Definitely fun. Definitely thought-provoking."--Mary Wood Complete review
"Stephen Goldin's POLLY takes on the subject addressed by some of humanity's most sacred tomes, and blows conventional wisdom to smithereens."--T. Jackson King Complete review
"I didn't want this book to end. I felt that when I put this down, I lost a friend in Polly. I enjoyed my time with her so much, I stopped reading it, just so I had another day with her. So it seems that Polly not only touches the people written between the cover of the book, but also the people on the outside looking in. This book reaches the top twenty list for me, and comes highly, highly, HIGHLY, recommended by me."--Joe Hempel Complete review
"The book is well-written and I did enjoy it... you may very well find you would have liked to spend more time with Polly when it's all over."--David Stockton, Rocky Mountain Reviews Complete review
"If I could rate it 6 stars I would!"--Andrew Carlson Complete review
"The tale’s riveting...and so well worthy of recommendation."--Clive Johnson Complete review
"Polly is interesting, insightful, irreverent and thought provoking."--Tracy Riva Complete review
"I can't tell you how many times I giggled as the protagonist... navigates his way out of personal tragedy into a Kafhaesque situation..."--Anna Erishkigal Complete review
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