Shelby, a born rebel with a talent for entertaining others, is a deliverer of singing telegrams - the only practical job her theater major prepared her for. But beneath the glamour of playing Wonder Woman and the Indignity of wearing an inflatable banana, Shelby fears that despite her eccentric attempts to rejuvenate it, her life has become a series of ten-minute spots ofShelby, a born rebel with a talent for entertaining others, is a deliverer of singing telegrams - the only practical job her theater major prepared her for. But beneath the glamour of playing Wonder Woman and the Indignity of wearing an inflatable banana, Shelby fears that despite her eccentric attempts to rejuvenate it, her life has become a series of ten-minute spots of entertainment for people who don't appreciate her. Her marriage to her chemist husband Max has lost its spark, and her home life sometimes seems to be as much an act as her telegram deliveries. Her bathroom falling into the basement, drunk men hitting on her, and her husband's preoccupation with a possible scandal at the chemistry lab only reinforce her feeling that she's spinning out of control. To complicate matters even more, Shelby realizes that the only thrill in her days is her growing attraction to Hadley, her husband's best friend and colleague. Accidents and the possibility of fraud in Max and Hadley's chemistry lab become the catalyst of their lives, throwing Hadley, Max, and Shelby into physically and emotionally dangerous proximity, forcing them to make hard choices about morality, futures, friendship, and marriage....
|Title||:||Catalyst: A Novel|
|Number of Pages||:||579 Pages|
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Catalyst: A Novel Reviews
I stumbled across this book in the science library at college (any Smithies out there are encouraged to go see if it's still there-- I'm pretty sure it was on the second floor), and even though that was --eek!-- about 10 years ago, I still remember many of its scenes vividly. It was fun, nerdy read, and I have long wished to stumble across another copy of it in a used bookstore sometime so that I might have a chance to reread it.
I don't want to rate my own book, but I see no other way to correct the misinformation that you have. You have conflated two authors with the same name. I, Jennifer (M.) Ball, have written "Higher Math, the Book Moose Minnion Never Wrote" (Faber, 1991) and "Catalyst" (Faber, 1997). I did not write the other books you have tagged here. I did co-write "The Verbum Book of Digital Typography." When you correct your info, I will remove this non-review.
I picked up this book at a library bag sale ages ago, put it on my shelf, and then didn't get around to reading it until now. It took about sixty pages for me to get into this story, despite the immediately quirky characters, but once I got to know them a little better I really enjoyed this book. It doesn't seem to be very popular on Goodreads, which is sort of a shame because this was a very enjoyable, light read.