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The Quality of Life Report: A Novel
by Meghan Daum
introduction by Curtis Sittenfeld
University of Texas Press, 2017
Paper: 978-1-4773-1300-8 | eISBN: 978-1-4773-1316-9
Library of Congress Classification PS3604.A93Q25 2017
Dewey Decimal Classification 813.6

Meghan Daum's unforgettable debut novel brings her sharp wit and courageous social commentary to the story of Lucinda Trout, a New York television reporter in search of greener pastures. Moving to the slower-paced, friendly, and vastly more affordable Midwestern town of Prairie City, Lucinda zealously creates a series of televised reports for her New York audience about her newfound quality of life. But when Lucinda falls for eccentric local Mason Clay, her naïveté about the real world leads her down an unexpected path, where she encounters, among other things, a drafty old farmhouse filled with children, an ever-growing menagerie of farm animals, and the harshest winter the region has seen in twenty years. In other words, simplicity just isn't as simple as it is cracked up to be, and "quality of life," Lucinda learns, is much more complicated than she ever imagined.

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