What happens when you marry a serious intellectual with a rich fantasy life to a perfectionistic overachiever with a hot body? Sometimes you get discord and separation. Other times, you get Goodreads, too many bottles of Haut-Brion, a luxe swingers club, and Lexus sex.
Barton and Katelyn Fiske are a normal couple with some all-too-normal marital issues. The Fiskes have two small children, an underwater mortgage, and too many bills to pay. He works hard, she spends harder. They haven’t had sex in months, and Barton is sleeping in the den of their colonial-style home in Downwind Beach, Florida. The Fiskes attend couples’ counseling, but it isn’t helping. They’re on the verge of breaking up their ten-year marriage.
Katelyn wants her husband to stop fantasizing about a woman from his past. Barton wants his wife to stop prying into his private thoughts. And Dr. Colony, their high-end Palm Beach therapist, wants husband and wife to practice her mutualization exercises so that they can enjoy a normal relationship.
Mickey Corrigan has done it again! The talented author of Geekus Interruptus, Me Go Mango, Whiskey Noir, and Vodka Warrior, and other high octane reads, has written another entertaining piece of fiction, this time about a Florida couple in therapy whose marriage seems to have come to a complete standstill because they are both too stubborn to open up proper communication with each other.
Barton Fiske is the beta male of all beta males. Besides having a sucky ass moniker, he is a passive aggressive wienie with a perpetual befuddled expression on his bearded mug, who likes to read literature and write atrocious poetry. Lord Byron he isn’t. Katelyn Fiske is his seemingly perfect, gorgeous wife. She is obsessed with working out and when she isn’t working out she is hanging with her friend, Teena, who is a real slut-bucket and bad influence. Katelyn also does all the domestic duties, raising the kids, picking lint out of the carpets, washing crappy underwear, and all that good stuff, and has sacrificed her dreams of being a lawyer to marry Bart-man and to birf some babies. Does she carry some bitterness? I think so.
But the problem is that Katelyn now thinks Barty-Poo is having an affair with some chick he had a one night stand with while in college and has withheld nookie from him for the past 11 months. Jaysus! Bart-Bart has the biggest case of blue balls (they are bluer than a smurf’s…and that is real BLUE, man ) and he is about going bughouse just wanting to dip the stick. If you know what I mean.
The crisis implodes when a nasty counseling session gets even nastier and Katelyn calls an end to the marriage. Suddenly, they are separated. Suddenly, they both see the possibilities of screwing other people. In Bart’s case, he turns into a creepy stalker and Katelyn turns into a potential swinger. Weeeeeeeeeeeeeee…….
Anyone who has read Ms. Corrigan before knows a good time will be had reading about all the shenanigans her characters get into, and “F*ck Normal ” is no exception. I am in no way, no how, Uh-uh, going to give anything away. But I will say this: that both Bart and Katelyn make horrible choices that could have turned out a whole lot worse (much worse) for them and the kids. And in the real world they probably would have. But, being this is light fare, all comes out ok.
I loved Bart. He was the ultimate beta. Easy going and non-aggressive. But he got creepy there for a while. Lacka nookie does that to some dudes, I guess. Katelyn came across as a nagging, insensitive harpy at first, but she redeemed herself in the end. Good thing because during that counseling session I wanted to clock her and Dr. Colony for ganging up on Bart. She was not very likeable and her decisions were as inane as her hubby’s. And the consequences for her would have been more damaging.
Other characters in ” F*ck Normal ” are a skeevy, disgusting judge, and a bitter washed-out alcoholic writer.
Another smashing success by Ms. Corrigan.
Highly recommended! And don’t worry it doesn’t cause a case of Smurf Nuts.