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Bastard Husband: A Love Story [Kindle Edition]

Linda Lou
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Book Description

Bastard Husband: A Love Story is a humorous account of the author's first year alone in Las Vegas after a midlife divorce from someone who was the perfect soulmate--until that one drink too many. The book is threaded with reflections of the relationship and shows how she transitioned from anger and sadness to doing stand-up comedy for the first time at age 46. Funny and sad, demented and poignant... all at the same time.

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From the Author

When I was a little girl in upstate New York, I dreamed of becoming a writer.  But did I dream of writing a book entitled Bastard Husband: A Love Story? Um, no.  Let me tell you how that came about.

I moved to Las Vegas in 2003.  Most people move to Sin City buoyant with anticipation.  I, however, arrived feeling depressed, deflated and alone.  I had just blown out the last flicker of hope for my marriage to my second husband, a charming Kiwi eight years my junior. He was perfect and I loved everything about him.  Until his thirteenth beer.

Determined to make a life for myself, I endured the frustrations of looking for a professional level position in a job market where valet parker and cocktail waitress are the coveted career options.  The dating scene proved to be equally disheartening.  When my first post-divorce date arrived at my door not with flowers in hand, but a brochure detailing his chronic mental condition, I couldn't help but conclude I really know how to pick 'em.

Though I would have preferred to sulk at home weeping over my video of Princess Di's funeral, I forced myself to explore the Vegas nightlife. After several weeks of watching comics perform at an open mic venue, a voice in my head told me to go ahead and sign up for stage time.  Since that voice rarely turns out to be the voice of reason, I ignored it until it persisted to the point where I thought, why not?  No one in Las Vegas knew me, so what was there to lose?

Despite excruciating anxiety, I did well my first time on stage. I performed quite regularly, and though my neck would predictably blotch up, I never developed a sudden case of Tourette's or lost control of bowel functions as I had feared.  I've been making people laugh ever since.

One of my biggest accomplishments came though the local writing community.  Although I'd worked as a technical writer for many years, I hadn't explored creative expression until I joined the Henderson Writers Group, a critique group for writers in the Las Vegas Valley. With their help, I crafted my journal entries from my first year alone into what became my memoir, Bastard Husband: A Love Story.  The book was also the basis for my one-woman show which ran for 25 performances last spring. Since then, I've also had several personal essays published in anthologies including Chicken Soup for the Soul and I've recorded humorous essays for Northeast Public Radio.

Yes, the little cheerleader from Albany has come a long way. I will be forever grateful to my ex for leading me to my new life. Over the years, we've maintained a friendly connection (living in separate hemispheres helps!) and he's very supportive of my book. At the risk of sounding like the Pollyanna I can sometimes be, I believe everything really does happen for a reason. Most importantly, I've learned that in the end, your heart beats only for yourself.

Sometimes when I'm speaking to groups or I'm walking off stage after a comedy set, I catch myself marveling at the life I've created. And that's the message I wish to share with others--that's it's never too late to identify your talents and share them with the rest of the world.

When you believe in yourself and are willing to put forth some effort, anything is possible!

Product Details

  • File Size: 354 KB
  • Print Length: 278 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0981979602
  • Publisher: Aging Nymphs Media (November 6, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004M8SVPW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #424,229 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT BOOK!!!! November 23, 2009
I am only 28 years old and I LOVED the book. I have never been married or divorced, but Linda's writing is witty and refreshing and she is so darn funny! I read it in one sitting, I could not put it down. She is a wonderful writer, she incorporates humor in what would normally be a difficult time for someone. Bastard Husband is a great book for someone in her same situation, but also for anyone who just wants to read an exceptional book. I HIGHLY recommend this book to any and every one!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for the ladies December 4, 2009
By ToddLee
Most guys aren't as bad as the eponymous Bastard Husband but we've all had our moments and this book illustrates perfectly how our thoughtless actions can hurt the ones we love. Linda tells her tale with an unflinching honesty, humor and grace. Her book could have, justifiably, been a much more bitter diatribe but it works so much better this way. It truly is a love story.

I also think it serves another purpose and that's why I want to lend it out and already gave a copy to my mom. I have so many friends and family members who were or are in similar situations to what Linda went through and I always hear how they think they're alone. More people need to see this, not as a self help book, but merely as a story. I think people connect better that way.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Easy to Put Down November 20, 2009
I enjoyed every minute of reading the book. Linda Lou's writing is honest and real. I related to so much of her love story and admire her strength, humor and ability to fall yet, get back up and keep on going again and again. In her voice, there is something for everyone reading the book, not just those that have dealt with divorce or loss but those that may need the courage to take a different road. This is a must read!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I started this book on a flight from DC to San Francisco - I was absolutely exhausted but I could not put it down. Linda recounts the thoughts of every woman who has dealt with divorce and is struggling to get her life back together: the good, the bad, the funny, the sad, all with a personal, unique touch that makes you feel like you're her best friend and she's telling you this story over a beer at a bar. Linda has an uncanny ability to express her feelings and thought during certain moments, and I found myself saying "that's exactly it", "I hadn't thought about it that way" or "I felt that way too" in my head all the time.
A very fun, creative, and endearing story. It flows nicely and is easy to read because it's so well written!
I simply loved it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful and delicious! May 21, 2010
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Snappy, full of wit and wisdom and a joyful read. "Bastard Husband" is a very funny and tender account of one woman's journey on the path of love and emancipation. You want to reach out and hug Linda Lou as you travel at her side through a Las Vegas that you never see and encounter people you never would meet. She is a keen observer of life and people but irrepressibly fallible to love. Hooray! Her humor is fresh and sharp, her observations keen. Expletives are not deleted, but they always seem to be appropriate reactions to the human condition. Treat yourself to the book and then check out Linda's blog at: [...]
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Single and lovin' it! December 21, 2009
Linda Lou sure does deliver a heck of a book to readers with Bastard Husband!

She keeps readers interested with her style of writing, and this book appeals to almost any type of reader. You'll laugh, you'll tear up, you'll laugh a lot more, you'll cry. There's a little bit of everything in this treasure.
When you turn the last page, you'll wish it wasn't over

I'm a young adult and know pretty much next to nothin' about love, much less marriage and divorce.
So if I enjoyed reading it, then you will too!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely terrific read November 18, 2009
Bastard Husband -- A Love Story is an hysterical, sad, honest, emotionally layered memoir with a strong voice. That makes it sound like a Hallmark film starring Valerie Bertinelli
(you know, that just might work), but the book is NOT sappy nor trite. It's simply a terrific read that I blasted through but want to go back and savor. I'll be looking for more
from this author.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reading November 16, 2009
Linda Lou really put it all out there. Her book was inspiring and down to earth as well as entertaining. My copy of her book is currently being circulated to all of my friends because as they saw me reading it, they were curious about the title and what went on in the book. They're enjoying it as much as I did.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very funny and witty book, that puts a positive spin on a negative situation.
Published 3 months ago by J. Critton
5.0 out of 5 stars a fascinating read
This is a very clever writer! Knowing much of it is based on fact, made it quite intriguing. I will check her other books.
Published 3 months ago by E. Gore
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, love
Love, love, loved it! I want to read more from this fun loving author. Had a hard time putting it down. Actually I read it a year or so ago and just reread it
Published 3 months ago by Carrie Frye
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny Yet Sad
A funny book yet filled with sadness . Linda Lou has a good writing style & makes her points well. Being new to the Vegas area myself I understood her feelings about the town &... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kris Long
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want to laugh out loud BUY THIS BOOK!
I loved it from the moment I finished the first page. I know Linda personally and I could visualize her comments in a way that made it feel like I was watching a great play or a... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lesley Denny
1.0 out of 5 stars If you enjoy seeing the F word over & over
Then this is the book for you. The author is educated so presumably intelligent but is unable to express herself without that word. Humerous but silly. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Peggy
4.0 out of 5 stars A really well told life story.
Interesting, very funny and relatable for any adult. She is the kind of person that would be a blast to hang out with.
Published 7 months ago by Lee Poma
4.0 out of 5 stars super funny!
Great read and lots of laughs. Fully enjoyed this book! Some parts you can totally relate too and I loved that!
Published 11 months ago by awesome
5.0 out of 5 stars Bastard Husband, A love Story
I enjoyed this book very much and didn't want it to end. The book is very well written interjected with humor. I found myself laughing out loud. Read more
Published 11 months ago by "pearl"
2.0 out of 5 stars Okay
Maybe I didn't relate to this book because my husband is fantastic but a lot of the time I just wanted to shake the writer and tell her to wake up to herself - despite this there... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Meganne
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More About the Author

Las Vegas-based Linda Lou is a Guinness-drinking humor writer, spirited blogger ( and stand-up comic. Her memoir, Bastard Husband: A Love Story, is a hilarious account of her experience starting over in Sin City after a mid-life divorce, threaded with reflections on the relationship that led her there. In addition, she has had numerous personal essays published in anthologies including Chicken Soup for the Soul: Divorce and Recovery and has recorded humorous essays for Northeast Public Radio.

Linda speaks frequently about writing, the creative process and topics related to the empowerment of women over 40. Contact Linda at

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