The comic adventures of a 39-year-old divorcée doing it HER way
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`Yes! I can cope! Of course I can cope! Have you ever known me not to freaking cope?' Donovan O'Malley manages to annually put before the public a story inimitably his own. Usually the emphasis is on high comedy, as in the highly successful books LEMON GULCH, THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING SPUNK, OUR YANK, THE JIMMY JONES SKANDAL, THE FANTASTICAL MYSTERY OF RITTERHOUSE FAY and WOMEN WHO LOVE & OTHER STORIES. That is not to say that these previous novels were without the human element of tragedy or that O'Malley is incapable of writing anything but light comedy: there is in all of his works a running thread of tenderness at the core of each of his primary characters. Likely that comes from his forte as a dramatist: his plays have been produced widely to receptive audiences when they have been broadcast in several countries. But for this reader (and ardent fan of O'Malley's writings) THE DELILAH CHRONICLES takes on a different direction. Oh there is plenty of high comedy writing here so those who follow him will not be the least bit disappointed. In this new novel O'Malley has created a character that will burn her way into the psyche as being one of the most outrageously hilarious creations in current literature. He manages to take a 39-yearold divorced woman, cursed with a mother (when this is transformed into a film lets hope Maggie Smith gets the role) who decries her being single after a divorce she disapproved gets in her way simply by being present, spins off an encounter with a very strange drunken intruder named Phyllis, a neighbor whose dog `waters' her lilac bush frequently to Delilah's consternation, the meeting of a very, very young Cowboy named Tom whom she beds, and on and on. The language is X rated and the situations or encounters may be very close to the `edge', but with O'Malley's gifted wit he manages to keep this jolly boat not only afloat but airborne! One of the aspects that make Delilah so side-splittingly funny is that she mirrors many of the problems and life situations and emotional ranges of today's middle aged women - without for a moment putting that image down or mocking it. WE end up loving this madcap creation - and gain even further praise for one of our best writer of the day. Very Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, February 15