A Love Story

Book - 2016
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Steeped in writer's block in the months after losing her husband, writer Stacey Lane enters a secret affair with Hollywood star and poetry fan Tommy DeMarco, who offers her a chance to escape into his glamorous world before they are forced to evaluate their growing bond.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2016
ISBN: 9781101982471
Characteristics: 357 pages ; 24 cm


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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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