Sunday, February 18, 2018

Book Review: 'Clutch: A Novel' by Lisa Becker

California author Lisa Becker formerly served as a public relations professional, having worked with some of the biggest consumer companies in the world including McDonald’s, Ford, Sony and Gatorade. Lisa is a former college professor, teaching public relations and communications classes at University of Southern California and Oglethorpe University. Now she shows the lighter side with a collection of irresistible chick lit novels – the CLICK TRILOGY (a survey of a young woman’s search for love online in Los Angeles), and now clutch: a novel (lower case meaningful!). She has also written bylined articles about dating and relationships for "Cupid's Pulse," "The Perfect Soulmate," "GalTime," "Single Edition," "Healthy B Daily" and "Chick Lit Central".

The art of writing fine Chick Lit is becoming a goal for many authors today – the books are popular, they sell well, and they satisfy women’s too often discarded need for their own funky view of the world and how to cope with it. Lisa Becker has found that niche and while her novel ‘clutch’ is an hilarious romp it also has some valuable insights into the feminine psyche – something men should explore!
Lisa introduces her main character Caroline when she is a child accepting gifts and advice from her funky Aunt Mimi. ‘ “Find something you love and hold onto it.” Mimi’s words ever-present in her mind, Caroline headed to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and spent four years in Los Angeles learning everything there was to know to pursue her passion. Then, right out of college, she spent three years working in the design and marketing departments of two of the world’s leading high-end handbag designers. She was schooled in beauty and how to accessorize the perfectly-coiffed women on the way to their Botox appointments.’ That is her zingy style of writing.

Lisa offers a brief synopsis of the content of her newest book – ‘clutch: a novel is the laugh-out-loud, chick lit romance chronicling the dating misadventures of Caroline Johnson, a single purse designer who compares her unsuccessful romantic relationships to styles of handbags – the “Hobo” starving artist, the “Diaper Bag” single dad, the “Briefcase” intense businessman, etc. With her best friend, bar owner Mike by her side, the overly-accommodating Caroline drinks a lot of Chardonnay, puts her heart on the line, endures her share of unworthy suitors and finds the courage to discover the “Clutch” or someone she wants to hold onto.’

Read it, giggle, laugh out loud and remark ‘hmmm’. Lisa Becker is a fine mistress of her genre. Grady Harp, December 15

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