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It's My F---ing Birthday: A Novelby Merrill Markoe
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“In the coming year,” she said, hoisting her blindingly clean and gleaming glass into the air, “may half of all your dreams come true.”
“Mom,” I said to her, “isn’t that kind of pathetic?”
“Well, it’s realistic.”
It’s her thirty-sixth birthday, and she really thought things would be different this year—that she’d have figured out men and how to get along with her narcissistic parents enough to survive a birthday celebration. But nothing’s changed. Her disappointing day is capped off by the delivery of a huge bouquet of flowers from Carl, with whom she has recently, and bitterly, split. A gesture of reconciliation? Of passive aggression? She’s too unhinged to tell.
It’s My F---ing Birthday unfolds in seven state-of-my-life addresses this hapless high school art teacher writes to herself on consecutive birthdays, as she is determined to break the patterns of behavior that are keeping her down. Her objective: to avoid making the same mistakes over and over and start making some new ones. Through seven outrageously funny years of needling parents, self-absorbed boyfriends, riots, O.J., and Monica—and bigger and bigger bouquets from Carl—she navigates a circuitous (and ultimately successful) route to happiness in a world where everything seems to conspire to the contrary.
What I Learned This Year That I Need to Remember
1. No more taking the bait from Mom. Even if the fight becomes about not taking the bait.
2. No more dwelling in the past.
3. Try much harder to continue being a vegetarian. This will limit the restaurants the folks can take me to.
4. No more trying to decode the flowers from Carl. If he sends them again, just think of them as a fun, free thing, like a little sample box of cereal or detergent that suddenly appears in the mailbox.
5. Don’t make a big deal out of the fact that there were no guys this year. Perhaps that’s a better thing than continuing to get involved with guys who exhibit behavior from the beginning that indicates the whole thing is completely hopeless. So try to remember the above as a coping strategy when I am so crazed with horniness that I want to throw myself off a building.
6. No more mumbo jumbo. This means no more calling 900 astrology numbers listed at the end of horoscopes in women’s magazines to find out my love forecast. And no more going to psychics, no matter how dicey things get.
From the Hardcover edition.
On her thirty-sixth birthday, a Los Angeles high school art teacher reflects on her life and love affairs in a series of addresses, written to herself on seven consecutive birthdays, that explore such topics as nagging parents, self-absorbed boyfriends, riots, O.J., Monica, and the search for happiness. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
Funny in a sly, true, painful way.-Los Angeles Times
“On-target, poignant . . . a study of one woman's evolution from passivity to self-esteem.-The Washington Post
Witty . . . Markoe] finds humor in those not-so-Kodak moments. So will you.-Glamour
Bickering parents, weird sex, and ambiguous floral arrangements pave the road to enlightenment in legendary comedy writer Merrill Markoe's first novel. . . . Along the way she reminds readers that the heart is a fragile little critter. And sometimes the best we can do is make a wish and blow those candles out. -O magazine
A dark, witty story about one woman's attempt to find the right man and not kill her mother. -Talk
Witty . . . Markoe's very funny and astute about women’s insecurities. —The Hartford Courant
Perfect for curling up with at the end of the day when we long for the company of good friends, but they've all gone to bed. You know, after watching the Late Show. -St. Petersburg Times
Laugh-out-loud debut fiction . . . classy stuff that deserves tons of flowers from dazed and satisfied readers.” -Kirkus Reviews
Markoe] brings her crisp, gratifyingly feminist sense of humor and flair for satirizing the lives of frustrated singles to an irresistible first novel. -Booklist
The perfect gift for all women who face birthdays with grim determination, pepper spray and sharp fingernail files . . . Markoe teaches the joy of laughing through pain and bubbling through toil and trouble. -Publishers Weekly
From the Trade Paperback edition.
About the Author
\Merrill Markoe was the original head writer of Late Night with David Letterman, and she has won five Emmys for comedy writing. She was also a regular contributor to Not Necessarily the News and wrote and performed in several comedy specials for HBO, winning Writers Guild and Ace awards. She is the author of What the Dogs Have Taught Me, How to Be Hap-Hap-Happy Like Me, Merrill Markoe’s Guide to Love, and a children’s book, The Day My Dogs Became Guys. She lives in Los Angeles.
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