Extraordinary adventures

Daniel Wallace, 1959-

Book - 2017

"A large-hearted and optimistic novel, Extraordinary Adventures is the latest from the New York Times bestselling Daniel Wallace. Edsel Bronfman works as a junior executive shipping clerk for an importer of Korean flatware. He lives in a seedy neighborhood and spends his free time with his spirited mother. Things happen to other people, and Bronfman knows it. Until, that is, he gets a call from operator 61217 telling him that he's won a free weekend at a beachfront condo in Destin, Flo...rida. But there's a catch: the offer is intended for a couple, and Bronfman has only seventy-nine days to find someone to take with him. The phone call jolts Bronfman into motion, initiating a series of truly extraordinary adventures as he sets out to find a companion for his weekend getaway. Open at last to the possibilities of life, Bronfman now believes that anything can happen. And it does"--

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Published
New York : St. Martin's Press 2017.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
328 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9781250118455
125011845X
Main Author
Daniel Wallace, 1959- (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Sometimes people just need a deadline to spur them to action. For 34-year-old social-misfit Edsel Bronfman, the come-on phone call from a Florida timeshare telemarketer provides the impetus to jump-start his nonexistent love life. The saleswoman tells Edsel that he has 79 days to act on their promotion of a free weekend by the beach and that the offer is for himself and a companion—not his mother, not his bowling buddy, but a romantic date. The trouble is, Edsel hasn't had one of those in 19 years. So when the flirty but flighty office receptionist willingly engages in conversation, Edsel takes this slimmest of all lifelines and clings to it with the determination of a man who desperately wants to see the ocean and definitely doesn't want to do it alone. As the kind, bumbling Edsel takes baby steps on the road to romance, he discovers aspects of his personality he never knew existed. Witty, winsome, and wise, Wallace's tale of pluck and luck is a sweet, satisfying diversion. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In Wallace's strained new novel, 34-year-old Edsel Bronfman leads an ordinary life until the day he receives a phone call inviting him to spend a weekend in Destin, Fla., as the guest of a condo community. There's only one catch: the invitation is for two, and Bronfman, who leads a circumscribed existence (to say the least) in Birmingham, Ala., doesn't know any available women. And to make matters worse, he only has 79 days to find one before the offer expires. Improbable as it seems, that one phone call sends Bronfman's orderly existence spinning off its axis. In short order, he has his apartment broken into, is threatened by the drug dealer who lives next door, joins the YMCA, attends an art exhibit where he is asked by two women to expose himself, goes with his dotty mother to visit the motel room where he was conceived, attends the funeral of a high school friend, and, most important of all, meets Sheila McNabb, who just might be Destin-worthy (if Bronfman doesn't screw things up). Bronfman is one of those eccentric loners that one meets more often in fiction than in real life. It's difficult to invest in his adventures because it's difficult to believe in him. Wallace (Big Fish) is a master of domestic whimsy, but here his exploration of the joys of quotidian life seems disappointingly forced. (May) Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Edsel Bronfman, a single man with a dead-end job who lives in a seedy neighborhood with his spirited mother, wins a couples-only vacation and is given only seventy-nine days to find someone to take with him.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"A large-hearted and optimistic novel, Extraordinary Adventures is the latest from the New York Times bestselling Daniel Wallace. Edsel Bronfman works as a junior executive shipping clerk for an importer of Korean flatware. He lives in a seedy neighborhood and spends his free time with his spirited mother. Things happen to other people, and Bronfman knows it. Until, that is, he gets a call from operator 61217 telling him that he's won a free weekend at a beachfront condo in Destin, Florida. But there's acatch: the offer is intended for a couple, and Bronfman has only seventy-nine days to find someone to take with him. The phone call jolts Bronfman into motion, initiating a series of truly extraordinary adventures as he sets out to find a companion for his weekend getaway. Open at last to the possibilities of life, Bronfman now believes that anything can happen. And it does"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A single man with a dead-end job who lives in a seedy neighborhood with his spirited mother wins a couples-only vacation and is given only 79 days to find someone to take with him. By the best-selling author of Big Fish.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

**Wallace named the Harper Lee Award winner for 2019 by the Alabama Writers' Forum** **One of PopSugar’s Best 2017 Spring Books for Women**A large-hearted and optimistic novel, Extraordinary Adventures is the latest from the New York Times bestselling Daniel Wallace.Edsel Bronfman works as a junior executive shipping clerk for an importer of Korean flatware. He lives in a seedy neighborhood and spends his free time with his spirited mother. Things happen to other people, and Bronfman knows it. Until, that is, he gets a call from operator 61217 telling him that he’s won a free weekend at a beachfront condo in Destin, Florida. But there’s a catch: the offer is intended for a couple, and Bronfman has only seventy-nine days to find someone to take with him.The phone call jolts Bronfman into motion, initiating a series of truly extraordinary adventures as he sets out to find a companion for his weekend getaway. Open at last to the possibilities of life, Bronfman now believes that anything can happen. And it does.