Arnold continues the saga of the Bloom family (and its deli) with joy and verve. One can only hope that there will be many more books about these wonderful, rich characters and their fun world.

A proposal from bagel maker Casey Gordon would probably thrill almost any other woman in New York—but not Susie Bloom. She wants to maintain the status quo, but it's clearly impossible once she refuses him. Getting out of the city, even as the star of her flaky cousin's documentary/infomercial, is preferable to dealing with Casey every day. To say nothing of living with the Bloom family as they wrangle over her sister's wedding plans and other assorted crises.

Learning that Casey is moving on—and seeing someone else—should be a relief, but it's not. Susie's got a big life choice ahead—if she can face up to it.

(Jul., 384 pp., $6.50)
Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer