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Gripping, sad drama
on July 16, 2012
Not the sort of book I usually pick up, but I remembered it being a big deal when I was a kid (and much too young to read such an adult book) so I gave it a try. "Looking for Mr. Goodbar" is the sad, sad tale of Theresa Dunn, a school teacher by day and a messed-up promiscuous single woman at night. We follow Theresa from her tragic childhood through her numbing adolescence to her disturbing, pathetic, soulless adulthood. Somewhere along the way, Theresa lost the ability to care about herself, to feel love, to find genuine peace. Through it all, you keep hoping she'll figure it out and start doing the right thing. I generally don't finish reading books about self-destructive characters because I don't care what happens to characters who make poor choices but Theresa's story held onto me. An interesting parable about the rotten fruit born of the free love and drugs movement of the 60's and 70's. Some similar themes to the film, "The Ice Storm." Sad, compelling, and memorable. Worth reading.