|About the Book|
Something is rotten in suburbia. Eleanor Norwood has two darling boys, a new career as a romance novelist, a new baby girl, and a husband with a new sexual preference not to have any. Charlie, her formerly devoted husband, has become celibate.AfraidMoreSomething is rotten in suburbia. Eleanor Norwood has two darling boys, a new career as a romance novelist, a new baby girl, and a husband with a new sexual preference not to have any. Charlie, her formerly devoted husband, has become celibate.Afraid to pressure him, Elly focuses her attention on her children and her writing. She is mid-way through her novel, Naked Throbbing Hearts, the raucous sexual misadventures of Lady Vermillion Savant, the beautiful wife of a wealthy French Lord in the court of Louis XVI. Vermillion embodies everything Elly is not. She s rich, young, desirable, speaks many languages, and has lovely thin thighs and a perfect bosom.As Charlie drifts further and further away, Elly is left to vent her sexual frustrations on paper. She begins to live vicariously through the erotic escapades of her fictional heroine. How did her happy marriage come to this? Was it the new granola? Should she serve more bacon? What did she do wrong?Elly obsesses over these questions, fearing that her nuclear family may implode. She becomes consumed with resentment toward Vermillion who has a passionate lover, myriad servants and fabulous clothes. Elly has given Vermillion a life that is all romance and caviar, not dirty diapers and hotdogs.When Charlie takes off on a long business trip, Elly is overwhelmed by the demands of single parenting and an imminent publishing deadline. How can she write a successful romance novel when she has no romance in her life?Elly has endowed the indomitable Vermillion with all the qualities she wishes she possessed guts, gumption, and a breathtaking resilience. Can Elly learn to be more like Vermillion?A thoughtful, sexy, tragically funny story that explores the challenges of single parenting, the joy of self-reliance, and the many virtues of a good romance novel. Eleanor Norwood discovers that to survive heartbreak she must keep her sense of humor.