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Klonopin Lunch: A Memoir
Synopses & Reviews
Gritty. Dirty. Hard-core. Transformative. Funny. This is the real Sex and the City.
By her late twenties, Jessica Dorfman Jones had dutifully achieved everything she thought she was supposed to: marriage, law degree, high-paying job, nice apartment in Greenwich Village. But she was miserable and felt like she was living a life that wasn't hers. Desperate to change her status quo and figure out who she really was, Jessica went about the business of making a change by demolishing the life she knew. She threw her good-girl image aside and set out to unleash the very bad girl she had never before tried to be.
Embracing the deliciously debauched world of sex, drugs, and rock and roll, Jessica leaves behind her sweet and well-behaved husband for the ultimate bad-boy guitar player, starts her own band, and parties harder than she had ever thought possible. She starts a band, puts her job in jeopardy, and causes her friends and family no end of worry with her illicit behavior. And then, in the midst of her self-created chaos, the wildest thing of all happens. She figures out who she is, who she most definitely is not, and what might, if she's lucky, come next.
Klonopin Lunch is Jessica’s wickedly funny and uncensored journey down the rabbit hole and back out again, into a life that, at last, makes her truly happy.
"Named for the wonder pill that calmed her down in the midst of a hysterical heartbreak, this thin, instant memoir reconstructs New Yorker Jones's (The Art of Cheating) sadly destructive, ultimately self-revelatory affair with her sexy young guitar teacher. Married for four years to Andrew, a man of either saintly indulgence or monumental blindness, Jones has grown weary by age 30-something of her ho-hum home life and unchallenging, finite work in an startup New York City dot-com and accepts a friend's challenge to take guitar lessons. Gideon, the sexy clerk from the Chelsea guitar store, arrives at her home in tight pants, a '70s dude flip,' and with a crooked smile, and Jones is a goner. What ensues is the sordid unraveling of her affair and marriage: she begins to frequent Gideon's gigs (she's only a little shocked at how mediocre his band is), stays out late, does drugs with him and his band, loses weight, and starts her own band, Throws like a Girl. Sliding into self-loathing and incoherence from drugs and her slavish passion, she also has to scramble for a new job once her dot-com closes. The affair knocks her out of her complacency, yet even though Gideon proves 'a little more one-dimensional' than she originally thought, a coke head and womanizer to boot, she learns finally the toll of dishonesty in this very raw, human lesson about vulnerability and growth. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
A die-hard native New Yorker, graduate of the Nightingale-Bamford School (she still has the white gloves to prove it), Kenyon College, and Cardozo Law School, Jessica Dorfman Jones started her life in publishing in the publicity department of Simon & Schuster. She continued on, among other jobs, as a literary agent (responsible for bringing Legally Blonde into the world) and book packager. She is the author of The Art of Cheating: A Nasty Little Book for Tricky Little Schemers and Their Hapless Victims, which she is adapting into a feature film. Jessica is currently at work on a novel, as well as a musical titled Friends Like These about the triumphs and trials of female friendships. She is also the cofounder of Glass Elevator Media, a production company based in LA and New York. Jessica lives and works in New York City and her writing is frequently interrupted by her tiny dog Oscar’s loud indignation at not being catered to 24/7.
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