Author: Dale Sessa
As I sloshed and slogged through this debut book by Dale Sessa, I had a hard time not turning the TV and or falling asleep. Other reviewers call it brilliant, sexual, tempestuous, world rocking: and I defer to their kinder words. I found it essentially a bore.
First, Sessa’s father brokers her marriage at the age of sixteen to a wealthy Beverly Hills man eight years her senior, Ellis. The have two children, Sessa falls in love with Brad and she and Ellis divorce. As Sessa details her morose second marriage to bipolar Myles, her second husband. Jealous and a sexual pervert in Sessa’s words, she finally gets out of this marriage too, while having lots of affairs. She acquires a business with money Myles fronts for her, a TV commercial production company called D. Productions, Inc. She gets famous and successful, makes a lot of money and does not share it with Myles. She merrily snorts cocaine and has fun with her high profile business entourage. She has an especially nasty affair with narcissist Aaron one of her clients. Myles starts to get testy, and starts making love to her making her stand up while he kneels on the ground. Pretty bad, huh. She is afraid to say anything to Myles or stand up for herself, but she has no trouble at work or dumping boyfriends. The words won’t come for Myles though. More therapy. She leaves Myles and Myles dies in a car crash while Sessa states her remorse that she didn’t leave the marriage in a better manner. Between blaming all the men in her life for her debauchery, and her father for his abuse (which is real), and partying and having affairs, this woman is getting tired. Her current boyfriend Jeffrey is not compassionate when Myles dies. Sigh. Now we have Art Robbins in 1997. Art is actually a rich and nice guy and holds Sessa up. After several months they marry. Lots of sex with Art who is not a pervert. Oh but Sessa decides to see her old flame Aaron without Art knowing. Bad girl. Art gets cancer. Art is told he is cured. He dies of cancer. Sessa is sad. Dad died of cancer too so we get the lowdown on Dad and his cancer now. I skipped the last chapter, as I was almost asleep.
I agree that I am in the minority, but then I didn’t read Shades of Grey either. I found Sessa to be oblivious and boring and the most self absorbed person in the book. Sorry, Dale, but I didn’t get it. But your other reviews are great, so who am I to say?
Ratings are based on a 5-star scale
Overall: NO NUMBER
Review by Broad “A” – Ava
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