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Plain And Normal James Wilcox

Plain And Normal

James Wilcox

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ISBN : 9781857029802
280 pages
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The paunchy, earnest 43-year-old Severinus Lloyd Norris strives for a life of stasis amidst an emergent midlife crisis brought on less by age than by the people in his life. Pearl May, his beautiful wife of over 20 years, has just divorced him andMoreThe paunchy, earnest 43-year-old Severinus Lloyd Norris strives for a life of stasis amidst an emergent midlife crisis brought on less by age than by the people in his life. Pearl May, his beautiful wife of over 20 years, has just divorced him and has been encouraging Lloyd to come out of the closet and, eventually, out of their shared home in Yonkers. His attempts at being a volunteer companion to the elderly for Manhattan Cares are foiled when his clients reject him for being too boring. His boss, Ms. Vigoris, cant get him to gracefully accept a promotion at the label and logo company, one that should have come years before. Even the man Lloyd desires cant make a successful pass at him. Lloyd fights with all his heart to live a plain and normal life, yet with his supporting cast of characters, he doesnt stand a chance. Theres an ex-lesbian Christian widowed meter reader turned synchronized swimming coach- an overbearing, incompetent secretary with distant ties to Dutch royalty--whose eccentric fiancé happens to be in love with Lloyd- a power-hungry former boss who guilts his way into Lloyds personal life in an effort to sleep with Pearl May- not to mention the Jesuit priest eager to fix Lloyd up with his cousin. Although Plain and Normal, Wilcoxs seventh novel, may not dissuade longtime fans from their preference for earlier works like Modern Baptists, this satiric romp on the pains of growing older may attract new readers to one of the late 20th centurys smartest comic novelists. --Kera Bolonik