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Touring America was Natalie's idea. But she had not planned on being accompanied on a cross-country bus by her playboy fiancé, Pierre. Nor had they anticipated being stranded in Seldom, Nebraska, population 395.
But that is exactly what happens to this French couple, and they quickly find themselves being taken in by the obliging citizens of Seldom: Natalie by Mrs. Christiansen, a retired high school teacher who runs a rooming house for women, and Pierre by Owen, a gas station owner and ambitious winemaker in an unlikely part of the world.
And here, also, the separated couple becomes enchanted by the locals. Natalie is soon being wooed by Dick Tupper, a handsome and honest rancher. Pierre falls quickly for Iona, a beautiful, no-nonsense waitress at the local diner.
In this charming entertainment, mistaken identities, botched schemes, and hilarious misunderstandings abound as Parisian sophistication collides with the affability and simple pleasures of the Great Plains.
Ron Hansen is the bestselling author of the novel Atticus (a finalist for the National Book Award), Hitler's Niece, Mariette in Ecstasy, Desperadoes, and Isn't It Romantic?, as well as a collection of short stories, a collection of essays, and a book for children. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Ron Hansen lives in northern California, where he teaches at Santa Clara University.
“[A] sweet, light, exhilarating flight of fancy.”
-New York Times
“The tiny town of Seldom is truly a funny place.”
-New York Times Book Review
“Hilarious … irreverent and laugh-out-loud funny … further proof of the author’s phenomenal range and talent.”
-San Francisco Chronicle
“Ron Hansen’s ISN’T IT ROMANTIC? is a lively, affectionate and often poetic romp. It made me laugh out loud.”
-Bob Kerrey, President of the New School University and former Nebraska Governor and Senator
“Hansen shows the true reach of his talent ... an inspired comedy that will have readers laughing out loud.”
“A pleasant diversion.”
“A treat …[ISN’T IT ROMANTIC?] has both sophisticated and down-homey humor … with laugh out loud scenes.”
“Hilarious … be prepared to be unexpectedly charmed, delighted … touched.”
“Smiles and outright laughter …a literary bonbon as sweet and light as meringue.”
-Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“[A] comedy of culture shock and errors [that] never misses a punch line.”
“Done with such skill, and such heart, that this slyly comic froth of a novel is exceptionally enjoyable.”
-Lincoln Journal Star (Nebraska)
“Irresistible … silly and funny and filled with wonderful characters … a romp.”
“Ron Hansen’s brief, charming, moonstruck novel … [is a] delightful roundelay… that defies expectations.”
-Wall Street Journal
“Ron Hansen delivers a sweet surprise with ISN’T IT ROMANTIC?”