|As a little girl growing up in Squitchit, New York, Leslie Kove doubtless imagined that she and her two siblings would one day marry, have kids, and make ordinary productive lives for themselves. But, by 1970, her brother, Peter, has died inVietnam. Her sister, Susan, a scholarship student at Bennington College in Vermont, has changed her name to Sabra-Sou and dances topless in political demonstrations. And Leslie, a high school senior, has no idea what to say when people ask her what she's going to do with her life: She needs a plan. This first-person, picaresque novel begins with Leslie's visit to her sister, Susan/Sabra-Sou, at Bennington in May 1970 and continues over two decades as Leslie attempts to formulate a workable plan for her life.
“One for funniest books I have read in a long time. … I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in a good read—it is a fabulous read, not just a good one.”—Margaret McElroy, “Sixth Sense,” KKNW 1150 AM, Seattle
"I really couldn’t put it down. It was wonderful from the Bennington start all the way through! It’s beautiful.”—Patty Dunn
“Thank you for making me laugh and cry, and breaking open my heart. … A stunning, moving book. Funny and heartbreaking.”—Diane Shainberg
“Most people believe they can write and can't. Betsy Robinson can! The dialogue is terrific; the book is funny; Leslie is engaging although I did want to spank her at times. For a first novel, Plan Z by Leslie Kove rocks.”—Franklyn Rodgers
“A fetching, cleanly narrated coming-of-age tale.”—Publishers Weekly
“You could say that if Holden Caulfield were a couple of years older and a girl he might have written just such a book as Plan Z by Leslie Kove, but you would be wrong. Betsy Robinson has her own sadder and wiser (and, on occasion,very funny) voice, and her own set of priorities. With this prize-winning first novel, a diverse and original new talent has arrived on the literary scene." —Marvin Barrett