Polly!--a satirical romance (sort of) by Stephen Goldin



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    Default Polly!--a satirical romance (sort of) by Stephen Goldin

    I’m excited and proud to announce the reissue of my recently expanded satirical novel, Polly! In one sense, it’s a simple boy-meets-girl story—except, of course, it isn’t.

    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....


    One GoodReds reviewer called the book “blasphemous ... highly offensive.” Several others gave it 5-star ratings. Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author Spider Robinson said this:

    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.

    So ... ya pays yer money and ya takes yer choice.

    The book is available in both paperback and multiple ebook formats. Whichever edition you prefer, I hope you’ll give the book a try.

    Happy holidays, and pleasant reading!

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    Default Great Books Under $5 blog gives Polly! a glowing review

    The blog Great Books Under $5 has just given my novel Polly! a wonderful review. I'm particularly flattered by the final paragraph:

    Polly is the kind of book aspiring writers should read just to study the craft. Goldin’s writing is fastidious. And he seemingly has the gift (Would that be a theological term?) of calling on everything he knows from the silly to the profound to create a story that starts out being entertaining and winds up being interesting, even thought-provoking.

    Isn't it time you made Polly's acquaintance?

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    Default Re: Polly!--a satirical romance (sort of) by Stephen Goldin

    Welcome, and good luck with your book!

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    Default Re: Polly!--a satirical romance (sort of) by Stephen Goldin

    Thanks, TJ. And best of luck with your own as well.

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    Default Another great review for Polly!

    Polly! has scored another great review, this time from the Flying with Red Haircrow blog. All this praise is starting to go to my head.

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    Default Re: Polly!--a quirky contemporary fantasy with a hopeful message

    Polly! just got a great review from Frida Fantastic, who says, "Polly! is a quirky contemporary fantasy with a hopeful message... The story is comparable to the Frank Capra film It’s a Wonderful Life, but it speaks to non-religious skeptics and has a weirdness that makes it more interesting." See the complete review here.
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    Default Polly! has a new ebook cover

    While the print-on-demand edition retains the same blue cover, the ebook edition of Polly! has a sexy new cover. Still the same, delightful Polly inside!
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    Default Hope for the holidays

    Although the story takes place in July, Polly! offers a strange and wonderful message of hope for the holidays.

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    "Things are only hopeless when you lose all hope."--Polly

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    "Cats are living proof God was only joking when he said you should have no other gods before him."--Polly

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