Synopses & Reviews
Adriane Gelki wants desperately to cultivate a life of devil-may-care, transcendent abandon-the kind personified by her hero, Thelonious Monk. So far she has yet to manage it to be completely abandoned except by other people. Like her father, who killed himself when she was fourteen, and her mother, who followed suit ten years later. Now staring down thirty, Adriane's about to embark on a series of misadventures destined to change her life. In very short order, she manages to: get herself busted for flashing an undercover cop, break her court-appointed therapist's ribs, and ruin a perfectly pleasant orgy. For Adriane Gelki, things are finally starting to look up. This charming and incisive novel revels in the tragicomic journey of life wherever it may lead.
"The novel's structure allows for a rather quick read and Mandelbaum has a gift for turning tragedy into a strange kind of comedy; his tales of Adriane's often bumbling exploits are both touching and amusing." Library Journal
First Adriane's father committed suicide, and then her mother followed suit. Her last "relationship" was four years ago with her boss, Garrett, whom she still secretly pines over. Now that Adriane is pushing thirty, she decides it's time to shake things up. So she flashes a cop and gets herself arrested, finds herself a therapist, attends an orgy, and saves a dog from the pound. Her devotion to those in her life never falters, but like most things in her past, nothing is without a misadventure-and a whole lot of humor.
About the Author
Paul Mandelbaum is the author of Garrett in Wedlock, which won a James Michener/Copernicus Society of America Award from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His short stories have appeared in DoubleTake, Glimmer Train, Harvard Review, New England Review, The Southern Review, and other journals.