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My Occasional Torment (Five Star Expressions)

Bee Robb

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ISBN 10: 1594149232 / ISBN 13: 9781594149238
Published by Five Star Publishing
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Title: My Occasional Torment (Five Star Expressions...

Publisher: Five Star Publishing

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:VERY GOOD

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Marriage is demanding, and after 33 years, Julia wants proof that hers will last. Everyone in Highland Park, Illinois, seems to be cheating, divorced, or widowed. She cannot forget the time her husband, Sebastian, a history professor at the local junior college, was unfaithful before they married, and wonders if she should visit the plastic surgeon to keep herself desirable. Compounding her fears is the steady stream of women students who have read Mitch Albom and Frank McCourt, and now want her husband to be their inspiration. In between her fears that she is not woman enough, or Scottish enough (she's three quarters) for her husband, she is also worried about her elderly father-in-law, who obsesses about gangsters; her 17-year-old son Roby, who is at war with his father; and their widowed neighbor, whom they all call the vampire.

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So who's tormenting Julia Connery?

     After thirty-three years of marriage, her husband, of course. A self-righteous, Scottish-obsessed, damsel-in-distress-saving husband; a magnet attracting a parade of women wanting to interview him for their unwritten books and bask in his Scottish glow. 
     Meanwhile her gangster-obsessed father-in-law knows Julia's afraid of him and a bit disappointed his son didn't marry someone else. Her own son lives buried within baggy clothes and teenaged angst, whose passion in life is to tweak his father's pride. Even the Connery ancestors, their ashes inside urns within Julia's bedroom closet, whisper disappointments in her direction. A next-door neighbor known as The Vampire tries to run Julia's marriage even though The Vampire caused her own husband to "explode" years ago. 
     No wonder Julia starts talking to a figment of her imagination. Rather than provide comfort, this figment reminds Julia of her husband's unaccounted hours-long disappearances. When the figment lays down its challenge--Find me a man and a woman who still desire each other after fifty years of marriage or I'll never go away!--Julia strives to do just that. Each effort brings failure and Julia fears her marriage will soon become a romance-free zone, or worse. With the shocking truth of The Vampire and her "exploded" husband revealed, Julia sees her marriage with renewed passion, and her task becomes clear. 
     My Occasional Torment celebrates romance not only surviving, but also thriving within marriage, and nothing as simple as a husband can stand in the way. 

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