Looking for Love in All the Wrong and Right Places by Judi McMahon (Paperback / softback, 2012)
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- DescriptionA BRIEF SYNOPSIS Looking for Love in All the Wrong and Right Places is a vel that takes a spirited look at the lives of four young women who live and love in New York City. How they manage a multitude of character-testing experiences and sail through some rather risque antics, and how two of them cope with a case of sibling rivalry are major elements in the story. From seeking out the right man to marry, to having married the wrong one, and even to having a same-sex partner, the women live unpredictable lives. Because all of the women in the book, mothers, as well as daughters, have been looking for love and don't always find what they want, (or sometimes lose what they have, ) the book also suggests the dark Miss Lonelyhearts side of life. But in the end, there is a happy conclusion -- with the main heroine, Tessa McMullan, walking down the aisle a smarter, more evolved young woman. The story takes place in 2012; three of the women are w in their mid-twenties, while Katy, the CSU Detective, has just turned 32. All of them want to achieve their goals and a successful quality of life. For some this encompasses good relationships and, yes, happy marriages; for others a good career is the best recompense. Why t all of it, why t happy endings? THE BACKGROUND The women were reared in Larchmont, N.Y., a toney upper middle-class Westchester suburb; three of them were high school friends. Two, Katy and Tessa McMullan, are sisters. Tessa graduates from NYU, having majored in drama, while her older sister attends one year and then drops out to pursue a career in law enforcement. Vera Stern, the only one of the women who comes from poor circumstances, is very bright, sails through Barnard College, graduating cum laude, while Angel Manelli, the shyest of the group, remains at home, attending a local community college, and works in her father's boating business. By 2007, all four have relocated to Manhattan. The main group of women, Tessa, Vera and Angel, meet for bimonthly brunches and share at other times by cell phone. They call themselves The Bod Squad. Some of the sub-plots include Tessa learning the hard way that she must be more cautious in whom she dates after she encounters a sociopath - a disturbed young man who was so maltreated by his mother that he really detests women and so when Tessa rejects him (and also accidentally breaks his se) he is in a demonic rage. He begins to stalk her and eventually hires someone to throw acid in her face so one can say she's pretty any longer. After hang-ups and anymous threats in the mail, Tessa reaches out to her friends. One of them shares Tessa's concerns with Katy, her very own sister, who is a New York City detective. Katy gets background information on the man and his brother, obtains permission to have a plainclothes detail follow and protect her sister. In the end, the careful surveillance saves Tessa, and of course helps diminish any vestiges of rivalry between the sisters. Ather subplot involves Angel Manelli, who is conflicted about family loyalties. She feels guilty when she realizes that her mother, a stay-at-home traditional Italian wife, kws thing of her husband's deceitful affairs. Angel finally confronts her father about his extra marital relationships. Her taking a stand eventually leads to her rejecting the overly conservative customs within her traditional Italian family and she begins to deal with her life-long addiction to food. Meanwhile, her mother Lorraine confronts her own uncertainties and faces her long-time unfaithful husband and her future with newfound courage. What Lorraine does provides a fascinating story on its own.
- Author BiographyJudi McMahon is a transplanted New Yorker who has had a successful career as a newspaper reporter, editor and columnist and has authored nonfiction books published by Harper/Collins, Dell, etc. Her agent was Connie Clausen. For more than 20 years Judi wrote feature articles for newspapers and magazines in New York City, and also had her own beauty and health columns. She contributed to major magazines like New York, Redbook, Woman's Day, L'Officiel and has written more than eight how-to books. She's also appeared on talk shows; is articulate and entertaining in interviews. Since moving to Tucson, Az., with her daughter Valentina in August of 2001, Judi has written two novels, one soon to be published, the other a novelized memoir, SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME, which was well-received. That book has been updated and revised, with many photographs added. It will soon be available on Amazon.com as IF THEY ASK ME I COULD WRITE A BOOK. Now, here for your enjoyment is her new novel: LOOKING FOR LOVE IN ALL THE WRONG AND RIGHT PLACES. If you want to contact Judi McMahon you can write to her at JudiMcMahon14@Gmail.com or go to her website, RebornAngel.com.
- Author(s)Judi McMahon
- Date of Publication06/08/2012
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight236 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine9 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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