Murdering Mr. Monti

Murdering Mr. Monti

A Merry Little Tale Of Sex And Violence

Book - 1994
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Baker & Taylor
A hilarious mix of murder, adultery, and obsessive-compulsive behavior, as revealed by a large and eccentric cast of characters, chronicles the mayhem that results when Brenda Kovner tries to control the lives of everyone around her. 100,000 first printing. $70,000 ad/promo. Tour.

Blackwell North Amer
This is a romp - the comic, over-the-top story of Brenda Kovner, a middle-aged, middle-class married woman who tells us, in the first paragraph and in the first person, that, though she is not the murdering kind, "I am planning to kill Mr. Monti because he is doing harm to my family." Unlikely? Well, she also tells us she isn't the kind to sleep with three different men within twenty-four hours. "And since I indeed did do that, I might indeed be able to murder Mr. Monti."
Murder, mayhem, and motherhood are hilariously woven together in this novel by bestselling author Judith Viorst. Brenda (a syndicated newspaper columnist, compulsive advice-giver, and possessor of what she likes to call "a profound grasp of the human condition") lives in Washington, D.C., with her pediatric-surgeon husband Jake, possessor of great thighs, a gorilla suit, and a mounting irritation with Brenda's "helpful" intrusions. Other characters include the burly, bullying Joseph Monti; his neurotic daughter Josephine (among her phobias is a fear of contracting botulism from canned foods that have been improperly sealed); Brenda's son Wally, a truly lovely person who intends, over Mr. Monti's strenuous objections, to marry Jo; Brenda's other son, Jeff (who, though he no longer snorts, smokes, or swallows controlled substances, is not so truly lovely); Philip Eastlake, formerly Epstein, a world-famous TV pundit ("Oy, is that a genius or is that a genius!"); and Adrienne, a woman so politically correct that her definition of date rape includes any consensual sexual act that ends without the woman's having an orgasm. There is also Adrienne's (and Brenda's) lover, the super-empathetic black activist Louis; Joseph Monti's surprising wife, Brenda's easily offended sister, Rosalie, who arrives in Washington with her frisky Great Dane; and Brenda's closest friend, Carolyn, who warns Brenda that "there is no such thing as equal-opportunity adultery."

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& Taylor

A humorous mix of murder, adultery, and obsessive-compulsive behavior, as revealed by a large and eccentric cast of characters, chronicles the mayhem that results when Brenda Kovner tries to control the lives of everyone around her

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c1994
ISBN: 9780671760748
0671760742
Branch Call Number: F VIO
Characteristics: 254 p. : 24 cm

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