Reviews for Lion Is in


Booklist Reviews 2012 March #1
*Starred Review* Three women walk into a bar. But these aren't just any three women, and this isn't just any old bar. This one has a lion in it, and Marcel isn't just any lion. He has mystical, almost holy, powers, or at least Rita thinks so, and she should know: she's a minister's wife. Or was, until she left home and started walking down a country road, which is where she met Lana and Tracee. Lana is a recovering alcoholic, and Tracee has kleptomaniac tendencies, and both are on the run from real and imagined transgressions. Embarking on a "Thelma and Louise plus One" road trip, the trio ends up in rural North Carolina when Lana's car breaks down. Forced to find work to pay for the repairs, the women find themselves starting life all over again as waitresses at a seedy roadhouse called the Lion. Marcel, the mascot, helps Rita find her true identity; serves as the higher power that has eluded Lana through months of AA meetings; and indirectly introduces Tracee to her one true love. One of the sharpest observers of human behavior around, Ephron, with her trademark mastery of smart, snappy dialogue, delivers a read-in-one-sitting, feel-good celebration of resiliency and hope. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2012 April #1
Three women embark on a journey of self-discovery, facilitated by a giant feline, in Ephron's whimsical but winsome third novel. Twenty-somethings Tracee and Lana, best friends since childhood, have left Baltimore on the run from an unnamed crisis, but Tracee's escape attire--a designer wedding dress--provides a clue to the zaniness to follow. Lana, a recovering alcoholic who dropped out of college, is fixing a flat when drab, middle-aged Rita, who's been walking the highway for several hours, offers a hand. Rita accepts a ride in Lana's Mustang, destination unknown. Outside the rural village of Fairville, N.C., Tracee falls asleep at the wheel and totals the car. Seeking shelter, the women happen upon a ramshackle roadhouse called The Lion. Breaking in, they are shocked to discover an actual lion caged in a corner. The Lion's slovenly owner, Clayton, hires all three women as waitresses, although he at first consigns Rita to menial chores for insufficient hotness. Tim, a gangly but kind young man who works at the local dollar store as well as for Clayton, finds lodging for the women, who are stuck in Fairville until they can earn enough to fix the Mustang. Since the furniture industry outsourced all the jobs, everyone in Fairville is scrabbling for a living, and business is slow at the Lion. This changes when Rita and the lion, whose name is Marcel, form a special bond. Soon, she's taking Marcel for early-morning walks and performing lion-taming stunts in the bar at night. The characters undergo transformations as The Lion draws crowds. Clayton spruces up and tries to court Rita, who's newly confident and adventurous after decades in the stifling marriage she fled. Lana, whose confession in a town AA meeting is used against her by the local police, begins to rebuild the bridges she's burned, and Tracee, a kleptomaniac, finds a refuge from past bad boyfriend woes. Although the life-affirming message is hardly subtle, Ephron delivers it with finesse. Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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Library Journal Express Reviews
Lana and Tracee are running away from Maryland and pick up Rita, a fellow runaway, on their way. Together, the three women find themselves stuck in a tiny North Carolina town after wrecking their car in front of a club with a special attraction: a retired circus lion called Marcel. Penniless, the women go to work waitressing at the club in hopes of paying off the auto repairs so they can keep going. But they inadvertently strike up relationships with Marcel that will change their lives forever. Verdict Witty dialog and eclectic characters charm in this likable story about three women facing large life changes. Screenwriter and author Ephron's (You've Got Mail; Hanging Up) whimsical novel will appeal to fans of Judy Reene Singer. [See Prepub Alert, 11/21/11.]-Mara Dabrishus, Ursuline Coll., Pepper Pike, OH (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2012 June #2

Ephron's newest (after The Girl with the Mermaid Hair) follows a trio of women looking to escape their pasts and build a new life in an unlikely place and with an even stranger companion--a former circus lion named Marcel. Lana is a tough recovering alcoholic who has always served as protector of her best friend, Tracee, a kleptomaniac abandoned by her parents when she was young, and currently on the run from dashed hopes that her bum ex would propose. While fixing a flat on their getaway Mustang, Lana and Tracee--still in her immaculate stolen gown--meet Rita, a middle-aged wife and mother wandering down the road, seeking a life apart from her controlling and unloving pastor husband. When an accident leaves them stranded outside a haphazardly built diner called The Lion--complete with a big cat in a big cage--the women's journeys stall, but their lives intertwine and grow together. Taking up as waitresses at the restaurant, they find comfort in their differences, and the strange allure of Marcel--once the center of attention in the big-top--impels the women to reclaim their lives. Ephron fans and newcomers alike will find plenty to enjoy in this fun, refreshing, and incredibly touching read. (May)

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Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews

Ephron's newest (after The Girl with the Mermaid Hair) follows a trio of women looking to escape their pasts and build a new life in an unlikely place and with an even stranger companion--a former circus lion named Marcel. Lana is a tough recovering alcoholic who has always served as protector of her best friend, Tracee, a kleptomaniac abandoned by her parents when she was young, and currently on the run from dashed hopes that her bum ex would propose. While fixing a flat on their getaway Mustang, Lana and Tracee--still in her immaculate stolen gown--meet Rita, a middle-aged wife and mother wandering down the road, seeking a life apart from her controlling and unloving pastor husband. When an accident leaves them stranded outside a haphazardly built diner called The Lion--complete with a big cat in a big cage--the women's journeys stall, but their lives intertwine and grow together. Taking up as waitresses at the restaurant, they find comfort in their differences, and the strange allure of Marcel--once the center of attention in the big-top--impels the women to reclaim their lives. Ephron fans and newcomers alike will find plenty to enjoy in this fun, refreshing, and incredibly touching read. (May)

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