A Love Story

eBook - 2016
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A cracklingly funny and poignant debut novel about the ways we love, even when we're not at our best. Stacey Lane feels like a monster. Tommy DeMarco is one. Since her husband died eight months ago, Stacey's been a certified mess--a poet who can't write anymore, a good mother who feels like she's failing her kids. She's been trying to redefine herself, to find new boundaries. Tommy has no respect for boundaries. A surprisingly well-read, A-list Hollywood star, Tommy's fallen in love with Stacey's novel-in-verse--a feminist reimagining of Frankenstein, no less. His passion for the book, and eventually its author, will set their lives on a collision course. They'll make a movie, make each other crazy, and make love--but only in secret. And all with a vodka--or wine, or scotch--in hand. As Stacey travels between her humdrum life in the suburbs of Omaha and the glamorous but fleeting escape Tommy provides, what begins as a distracting...
Publisher: 2016
ISBN: 9781101982488
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Feb 11, 2018

I did not care for the book. In the era of #MeToo, I found her acceptance of Tommy's temper and physical aggressiveness with her disconcerting. I would not want to be treated that way. I also thought their drinking indicated there was a substance abuse problem.

OPL_ErinD Dec 19, 2017

I found this book and its flawed characters so incredibly charming.
Stacey struggles to balance her new role as a Hollywood screenwriter with being the proper suburban mom and Midwestern widow, all while figuring out the tumultuous relationship that’s developing between her and the movie’s leading man. "Monsters" is full of local references that Omaha readers will pick up on. I had a hard time putting this book down.

JCLDebbieF Jul 06, 2017

Maybe I like darker, tormented stories, or maybe it was just written well, but I devoured this book.

Sep 04, 2016

I gave this a solid three stars because I really wanted to know what happened next. The relationship, based on booze and with violence just under the surface, was kind of cringe-worthy. I wouldn't want my daughter or son in this relationship. Still, I grew fond of Tommy and found myself rooting for him in the end. Could we trust the narrator? Tommy's commentary suggested not, but I wasn't sure. Still, I'd give this author another try.

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