Balancing Acts by Zoe Fishman
The first thing that drew me to this book was the cover. I mean, look at it. I will wait……. The colors are eye-catching – bright and delicious… it reminds me of Skittles!
The second draw to this book was the back cover synopsis….. books about women friendships have always been a draw for me. I know how important my friendships are to me and just love to read about others.
After that – cover love (yeah Skittles!) and synopsis (women friendships!) the rest was left up to what was between these two draws…. the story itself.
And I entered into the world of Charlie, who owns the Yoga store and I like her instantly. As I am introduced in pretty much a rapid fire manner to the other characters I got a bit entangled in the who’s who….
Balancing Act is exactly what is taking place as these women evaluate their lives and build school acquaintances into important friendships. Zoe Fisherman has a way with words and how she initially introduced each woman individually with their own chapter was refreshing. Zoe has a way with words and I found the story line to be engaging. While the book wasnt as deep as I had hoped, I was left with a good feeling as the last page was turned.
Zoe grew up in Mobile, Alabama. As a wee one, she would walk home from school and talk to herself as she verbally mapped out Barbie and Ken’s upcoming altercation(s) with Skipper. She loved homework and cleaning. She was wild!
Later, she attended Boston University, where she spent her time destroying her teeth with Swedish Fish and explaining to her peers that people actually did wear shoes in Alabama.
After college, she arrived in New York with nary a clue and an inflated sense of self-importance. Her first apartment was dubbed ‘Wild Kingdom’ because of her mouse, roach and pigeon roommates. She took a job in book publishing and, despite a brief foray into the world of web writing – touting luxury goods out of a beige office with bad carpeting in Chelsea and writing horoscopes based on planet formations from Iceland (best job ever, by the way) – never looked back.
Today, Zoe is the Foreign Rights Director and an agent for The Nancy Yost Literary Agency. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, whom she met on the subway after four plus years of trying to get up the nerve to say hello to him. Balancing Acts is her first novel.
I received my review copy of this book from Harper Collins
**Note – there was some light language in the book