I have read the 84th book for the book challenge. It was This One Is Mine: A Novel by Maria Semple.
This book is about a Los Angeles man, David Parry, a record producer, his wife Violet, who was a television writer but is now a stay at home mother to baby Dot, and David’s sister Sally, a diabetic failed ballerina. Violet is bored with life in the Hollywood hills. David has a rather regulated life and she is quite frankly bored. On a trip into Los Angeles to get Sally a birthday gift, she meet Teddy, a drug addicted bass player who is down and out. He has Hep C and has nothing to offer Violet. He has a girlfriend but Violet is inexplicably drawn to Teddy. She fixes his car for him and starts to meet him at the golf course and other places around town. She cancels a yoga retreat weekend that she had arranged with David to be with Teddy. She has an affair with Teddy and buys him gifts which she doesn’t give him but carries around in the trunk of her car.
David begins to suspect there is something going on when Violet backs out of the yoga retreat weekend. At first he is angry but during the weekend, he finds peace. He becomes centered and more loving towards Violet.
Sally wants to get married. She meets Jeremy, a local sportswriter who handicaps games. She sets her sights on him. She seduces him. She tries to get him to propose before he gets offered a job on television. But that doesn’t work out. Eventually he does propose. But he is very socially backward. Sally decides to declare personal bankruptcy to get rid of personal debt that she incurred from a previous boyfriend.
Sally’s wedding is being held at David’s and Violet’s home. Teddy’s band is playing at the wedding. Sally’s old boyfriend is invited to the wedding. Jeremy doesn’t want to get married and tells Violet. Sally tells Jeremy that she is pregnant so the wedding goes ahead. David realizes that Teddy is Violet’s lover and decides to divorce Violet. Sally’s ex-boyfriend sees Violet’s gifts to Teddy in Violet’s car and steals them to pawn them.
Sally reads an online article about Asperger’s syndrome and realizes that Jeremy has this disorder. She is afraid that her baby will have this disorder too and aborts the baby and divorces Jeremy. She then discovers she has Hep C. She doesn’t know how she could have contracted it. Teddy is admitted to the hospital. His Hep C is bad. Then Sally realizes that Teddy used one of her syringes at the wedding and she contracted Hep C from him. David and Violet reconcile at the hospital. Violet realizes she loves David.
What happens to Teddy?
This was a wacky book. These were wacky characters. David was a saint. Violet was out of her mind. Sally was a manipulator who got what she wanted only to find out she didn’t want what she thought she wanted. But they all ended up rather content in the end.