“‘Direct from the middle class, the fabulous Dr. Hackenbush…’ Baritone ukulele-playing bandleader, singer, dancer, dictaphone temp, Mabel Hackenbush stands easily with everyday heroes in favorite books. William Gibson’s Chevette Washington, Martin Amis’ Mike Hoolihan, Robert Heinlein’s Star from Glory Road. Strong female leads are rare; thoughtful, unapologetically opinionated, get it done women are rarer still. Dr. Hackenbush has moxie enough to thwart a bus driver trying to speed away from a late boarder, to perform a little dance for the unseen homeless warming in the building lobby, to do what’s necessary when it’s critical, and to stay the hell away from another woman’s man. She can snatch the limelight from an arrogant boss with a microphone and a good high-heeled sprint, wear sensible shoes or spandex with equal ease, and balance her checkbook. Hackenbush is smart, savvy, sexy and sensible. She can carefully skim ‘along the safer part of the truth,’ and knows it’s ‘never good to owe anybody too much.’ Mayerson’s book chronicles a life like any other, without the falling down, whiny, “why me” frailties wedged in to move a typical plot along. Dr. Hackenbush can carry a tune and a novel, thank you very much, and I’m glad to know her.”
Dr. Hackenbush Gets a Job, review by Linda Robinson, Amazon.com
This review was VERY helpful to me. Thanks, Linda!