Klonopin Lunch
Jessica Dorfman Jones
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Klonopin Lunch: A Memoir
Jessica Dorfman Jones
Broadway Books
336 pages
July 2013
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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This is a funny look at changing horses in the middle of a stream. Jones is reaching middle age and wants something different from her marriage to a nice man and a good though boring job. She figures rock and roll is the way to go, so she takes guitar lessons, allows herself to be seduced by the guitar teachers, and takes a nose dive into the life of promiscuous sex, semi-serious drug use and a casting off of shackles.

This book induced gasps and intakes of breath when it was released. Maybe it’s because this telling comes from someone on the other side of the tracks--a married female with a professional career--rather than a male rock star recounting his life or an actor laundry-listing his or her exploits. We’ve come to expect those tell-all tales from celebrities and rockers, but when it originates with what we consider a more “normal” personality, it seems to shock us more.

What is truly shocking is that Jones’s husband, Andrew, stuck around for all of her midlife madness. Any truly sane man would have dumped her cheating and drugging bottom on the sidewalk, but Andrew was there to pick up the pieces of her ruined life. In truth, she does not sound like a very likeable person on these pages, and why her mate would have endured the years of her infidelities and drug binges is beyond this reviewer.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. © Steven Rosen, 2013

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