Red Dress, Jan 2001, 12.95, 288 pp.
Twenty-four years old Tracey Spedolini lives in a crummy New York efficiency. She works as a secretary in a crummy ad agency where her boss takes advantage of her. She is fifty pounds overweight and in love with a drop dead gorgeous wannabe actor.
After three years with Will, Tracey retains true, but Will rejects any commitment to her. He is doing summer stock in a small town, but refuses to allow Tracey to accompany him there. She is hurt but turns mortified when she finds herself attracted to Buckley, someone she met at a party. Tracey plans to have that confrontation discussion with Will and perhaps step out with the new man in her life.
SLIGHTLY SINGLE is a fascinating mainstream novel about a woman starving for love who lies to herself about her boyfriend. Readers will feel the doubts, denial, and discomfort that Tracey suffers from in her relationships with men. Wendy Markham provides an insightful tale about a nice person unable to stand up for herself when the male of the species is unkind to her.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner