Have you ever hoped that someone who hurt you would find a bit of punishment? Maybe not really full on retribution or revenge, but a bit of pain or struggle – just enough? WE’RE ALL DAMAGED is about recovery from a big hurt except the struggle keeps arriving at the door step of the victim and in quite funny ways.
Andy has escaped from his hurt self /life in Omaha, Nebraska to land in NYC and become a bartender. Karen, his now ex-wife just announced at Applebee’s one night that she was done with the marriage and Andy. Our hero is very sensitive and is left in pain, needs release from his job and to find new turf in hopes of recovery. A year into his new surroundings he is still obsessed by his ex when he gets the call that his Grandfather is dying in Omaha and he needs to come “home.” On the way to his apartment, Andy is hit by a bicyclist and suffers a bruised face and black eye; he will decide to head to Omaha anyway since his mother has purchased a ticket.
WE’RE All DAMAGED continues with proving this title to be true as Andy reconnects with his family, his former in-laws and is able visit his Grandfather in hospice. Mom is a conservative radio talk show host who is opposed to Marriage Equality. Dad is a retired accountant; brother Jim is a workaholic with two young children. The parents have moved to a new mansion of a house where Dad tries to shoot the squirrels in his bird feeders with a paint ball gun and Mom is working to get a contract with Fox News. An interesting young woman and a senior in a blue bathrobe with matching slippers enhance the story and give it some bazaar twists and turns.
I had several laugh out loud moments reading this story and was so happy TLC Book Tours http://tlcbooktours.com/2016/02/matthew-norman-author-of-were-all-damaged-on-tour-june-2016/ sent me a copy for review. It was satisfying, humorous, and very entertaining.
From the Cover:
“Matthew Norman lives in Baltimore with his wife and their two daughters. His writing has appeared on SALON, the GOOD MEN PROJECT, and the WEEKLINGS. His first novel, DOMESTIC VIOLETS, was nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award in Best Humor.”