A heart warming story of a romance between two of the most unlikely canidates. A woman juggling her demanding job, single motherhood and a progressing romance with a cardiologist meets her new boss. A unlikely pick for the job of head writer for a TV show, the new boss turns into a lifesaver when life takes a turn for the worst.
From Publishers Weekly: "Laughter is the best medicine, Dart wants us to believe, and she makes her case in a risky, wrenching story with a curious flaw. Though the novel offers endless punning and stand-up material, it's rarely funny, and even with the comic spotlight on the so-unlikely-it's-inevitable romance between two Emmy-level TV comedy writers, Lily Benjamin and Charlie Roth, neither their initial antagonism nor eventual alliance makes for laughs. And given the plot, readers do need those healing peals. In the opening pages, single mother Lily's teenage son, Bryan, is shot; yesterday a promising tennis star, he now faces life as a paraplegic. Lily's fiance, Mark Freeman, a handsome, kind, terminally unimaginative cardiologist (he gives her heart-shape presents and uses song lyrics to speak his own heart), wants Bryan and Lily to feel the tragedy, mourn their loss, adjust hopes downward. But then there is Charlie, known in the TV industry as the God of Jokes. Crippled in infancy, he was encouraged by his parents to use a no-holds-barred humor as his weapon against prejudice and self-doubt. Charlie preaches a medicine of ruthless humor, toughness and, above all else, gratitude, for the cripple, in his view, is freed from the illusion of physical perfection and lives truer to his soul. This main theme is echoed in the subplot, in which Lily's chubby lesbian sister confronts the siblings' judgmental, snobby mother. Other minor characters, like the ensemble of sitcom-writing co-workers, are burdened with a nearly unbearable comic banter attempting irreverence. Though her formula is decidedly Hollywood, Dart's message, that people aren't what they look like, is sincere; her book takes serious and heartfelt looks at the bigotries of able-bodied folk and the realities of the disabled." Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --
a story of the dark side of the hollywood dream
Lily is a top comedy writer, a single mother and a satisfying romance with a doctor. Then her housekeeper quits...relationship lacks something and worse of all her mentor, and boss dies. Her new boss is heartless, hilarious and off the wall crazy...and has problems of his own. But when a tragedy strikes Lily's life, Charlie reveals a different side-a man who can understand heartache as no one else would. He helps Lily and her son rebuild their life and she finds out love can happen when no one expects it.
What happens when a woman is engaged to a great guy, has a wonderful son, and suddenly the world is turned upside down becuase her son is very seriously injured in an autmobile accident? And her new boss at work is a grotesque guy who laughs and actually makes fun of handicaps -- what's a woman to do? Dart deftly weaves her story poignantly and articulately.
Good story. Could understand and actually like the characters. A little slow at first , but romance without the sex made this book a joy to read. Family, friends, lovers and laughter.
This book was a little slow in the beginning, but soon I was hooked and unable to put it down.
I received this book when I ordered a lot of used library books from Ebay. I had never heard of this title. It was a pleasant surprise -- a very nice romance story that I would recommend with enthusiasm.
Author is a former TV comedy writer, and writes of Hollywood from personal experience.
"A wonderful read. Lots of laughs and lots of tears. A lot like life itself." --Bette Midler on Beaches