When Sidney Stein's marriage goes on the rocks, she finds herself surrounded by a lot of losers in Stacey Ballis' first novel, the cheekily comic Inappropriate Men. From the moment she deliberately ignores their gold wedding bands intertwined in the darkness of a movie theater, Sidney finds that the romantic attentions of the very married Geoffrey Fahl provoke a torrent of warrant emotions: I'm the luckiest girl . . . an evil seductress . . . making a huge mistake . . . having the best time . . . all of the above. All of the above are in store for the reader as Sidney's wry take on her oversized life weaves its way into the heart. Sidney detangles herself from one marriage and contemplates who's worthy of her next trip down the aisle, revealing a vulnerability and verve for life that transcend the page. Sidney Stein is a heroine to cheer lustily for, because that is how she lives her life: in grand style, and refusing to settle.

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