Cathie Pelletier has been called a "bitingly funny, highly original novelist" and in The Bubble Reputation her strong clear voice as a writer truly comes to the forefront. Full of powerful scenes and down-home wisdom, this novel is the story of Rosemary O'Neal and her northern Maine family, including her slightly daft mother, garrulous sister Miriam who wears only green, and gay Uncle Bishop, a 300-pound know-it-all whose current boyfriend has a penchant for ladies' shoes. Add to this confusion a former college roommate, Lizzie, who uses Rosemary's house to hide from her husband and rendezvous with her lover. Rosemary had lived for eight years with William in a big, rambling house in rural Maine. Then William commited suicide on a trip to London, leaving Rosemary with a lot of questions, anger, and no way to say good-bye. Seeking solace from her cat - which seems to better understand human nature than the Homo sapiens - Rosemary retreats from the world, only to be shocked out of her cocoon by an unsettling turn of events. Yet, despite the chaos created by family and friends, Rosemary slowly comes to realize that the anchor that holds them all together is still firmly in place, and that life is but a fleeting, poignant experience to be savored.