Love Junkie

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9780060166601: Love Junkie

Discontented with her dreary suburban existence, Bronxville housewife Mimi Smothers falls for drop-dead handsome gay porn star Joel. By the author of My Search for Warren Harding. National ad/promo.

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From Kirkus Reviews:

Mimi Smithers knew right from childhood in Lubbock, Texas, that she was destined for an extraordinary life--and she gets just what she's always wanted in this uneven, often sexually explicit, comedy of manners by Plunket (My Search for Warren Harding, 1983). Ambitious Mimi, a Bronxville matron who loves to shop, tells her own story, beginning with a disastrous party for an arts group at which Mrs. John D. Rockefeller III is the honored guest. Bored with suburban life and husband Boyce (who, for the necessary plot resolution, works for Union Carbide), Mimi tries analysis, but a chance encounter with debonair Tom Potts while shopping is more what's needed. Tom has his own firm and asks Mimi to be his assistant. Mimi, smitten by Tom, is thrilled, but Tom is gay, which takes Mimi a while to figure out (she tends to be a little slow), though that doesn't stop her from having fun as she accompanies him and his friends around 1980's gay New York. At a picnic she meets gay-porn star Joel, an ambitious hunk, who employs her to run his profitable mail-order business. Besotted, she funds the great porn film that Joel writes and directs, and gets to know a lot of lowlife people--but then the film flops, Joel dumps her, and Mimi's left with the bills. Rescue is at hand, however: husband Boyce, who's been working in India, conveniently dies in the Bhopal disaster. With the money Union Carbide pays out to her, Mimi can pay her debts, buy an apartment on Sutton Place, and, with Tom now dead from AIDS, set out to take over his job. ``It was going to be fabulous,'' she trills. An absurd plot, obvious satire, and humor more sleazy than black--plus a heroine who's just plain dumb, and unappealingly so. Thin camp. -- Copyright 1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

From Publishers Weekly:

The burning issue in this comedy of (mostly gay) manners by the author of My Search for Warren Harding seems to be "Can a 41-year-old housewife find happiness with a gorgeous 29-year-old porn star who sells his dirty underwear?" The more pertinent question for readers, unfortunately, may be "Who cares?" Mildly amusing at first, the plot soon becomes an uncomfortable melange of raunchy remarks and bad sitcom humor. After endless would-be-racy dialogue--most of which barely qualifies as single entendre --Mimi Smithers, a denizen of Bronxville, N.Y., with a lagging libido, offers her house and her money for the making of a dirty movie. Plunket's gag lines are either retreads ("I'm sure he was her husband--they weren't saying a word to each other") or sophomoric ("Her name was Nanette--or as I called her, No No Nanette"). Even Mimi's tangents have tangents; some are droll, but most are either too "in" or tied to her endless name-dropping. Since her coy first-person narrative is annoyingly inconsistent in voice and attitudes, empathizing over her escapades becomes increasingly difficult. But then, it's difficult to work up sympathy for anyone who has her dog put to sleep because its barking impedes a movie filming.
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