Today, January 21, 2010, is a momentous date in history! What? You don't know what it is? Well, not too surprising, I suppose. On this date 40 years ago, Amalie and I had our first date. There are two more momentous dates to come.
I do occasional book reviews for our mobilehome park magazine. I only do those that I can heartily recommend. This is one:
FLIRTING WITH PETE
A novel by Barbara Delinsky
Reviewed by Don Meyer
Casey Ellis has never talked to her father, nor he to her. She is the product of a one night stand. Oh, she knows who he is -- a renowned psychologist and author. She has even attended some of his college classes. So that when he dies of a massive heart attack, she is absolutely astonished to learn that he has left her his expensive townhouse on ritzy Beacon Hill in Boston. It even comes with fully paid housekeeper and gardener. At first she is tempted to sell it and use the proceeds to pay for the nursing care of her mother who has been comatose for the past three years following an accident. But circumstances intervene, and in the process of going through the belongings in the house, she finds an incomplete document about a young girl, Jenny, who has been sexually abused by her father and emotionally abused by her mother. It is not clear if this is fiction, part of a case study, or the exaggerated ramblings of some individual.
Barbara Delinsky weaves together the various threads of this fascinating story, as Casey tries to learn more of the personal life of her father, reconcile herself to her mother’s condition, and her search for Jenny, if she is real. The ultimate outcome is quite surprising.
I heartily recommend this book, and it is readily available at the public library.
~ At the end of the money, I always have some month left.
~ My take-home pay doesn’t even take me home.
~ As you get older, your secrets are safe with your friends because they can’t remember them either.