Goodbye Without Leaving: A Novel

October 31, 2020
Goodbye Without Leaving: A Novel

The enchanting and insightful story of a woman trying toreconcile her rock-and-roll past with her respectablepresentWhen Geraldine Colshares drops out of graduate school to becomethe only white backup singer in an R&B band, nobody thinks itis a good idea. Not her parents, who are sure she is on drugs. Nother best friend, who sees going on tour as a way of staving offreal life. Not even Doo-Wah Banks, her Juilliard-trained bandmateand crush, who suggests she find a nice white husband. But to be aShakette—as in Vernon and Ruby Shakely and the Shakettes—has beenthe burning desire of Geraldine's heart since puberty, and when shesteps on stage in her chartreuse dress and luminescent shoes, sheknows she is exactly where she belongs.All good things must come to an end, however, and after twoyears on the road Geraldine quits the band and settles down to thekind of conventional routine—marriage, children, dinner parties—shenever expected. To her family and friends, Geraldine seems to haveit all, but the question remains: Once you've been a Shakette, willanything else ever feel so right?A hilarious and touching novel about staying true to yourselfwhile moving on with life, Goodbye Without Leaving starsone of Laurie Colwin's most distinctive and delightfulheroines.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Laurie Colwinincluding rare photos and never-before-seen documents from theauthor's estate.