Detroit, Michigan born Maud Muller has had an active career in the health care industry, having received her training at Michigan State University along with a Masters in Business Administration. She now lives and writes and keeps a keen eye on the American political scene from her home in Florida. This reader's first exposure to the talent of Muller was her intense, suspenseful novel, A MONSTER'S GAME, that dealt with social issues and crime that remain front and center in today's news. This delightfully uplifting and hilarious book CONFESSIONS OF A LIBERAL LOVER is the other end of the spectrum of Muller's talent - farce and comedy blended with sex and politics that make the book, though rather short, a gentle relief from the pressures of the times. And there is nothing wrong with an escape novel about now!
This is Muller's second book and reading the first paragraph keys the reader into the fun ahead: `Once upon a time, I had a lot of trouble holding on to my lovers. I'm not talking about holding on in a literal sense; they weren't slippery and there's nothing wrong with my hands. I'm talking about holding on in an emotional sense. Ridiculous as it sounds, I used to think the reason for this was political, since I lean to the left and most of my lovers have been conservative Republicans. Reality eventually intervened, however, and I accepted the problems with my love life had less to do with politics and more to do with the lousy relationship I had with my father when I was growing up--and the fact my most trusted friend and advisor was a gargoyle.' "I" is Alice, a somewhat misfit of a girl with `chronic hostilitis', a domineering father and a sister-preferring mother and we accompany her through a childhood until she reaches the dating age: `Attracting the attention of the opposite sex became the most important thing in my life-- with the possible exception of chocolate almond ice cream and Milky Ways. Why did I care if the other girls shunned me as long as there were virile, incredibly handsome pimply-faced, hormone-crazed teenage boys lusting after me?' You get the drift of this tantalizing tale. As the author summarizes, ``Confessions of a Liberal Lover, is pure fun from cover to cover. The story of Alice, a woman who overdosed on romance novels as a teenager, is funny and sexy with a touch of fantasy in the form of a lovable wise-cracking gargoyle (in truth a monster statue won at a lucky wheel game), I'm sure most woman will identify with Alice, her childhood experiences and possibly one of her lovers.'
We follow Alice (and her gargoyle) through an attempt to support herself, a stint at the university, and ultimately into the business world, and the only constant theme is her disastrous experiences with boys to men. The way Muller writes in this book is as attuned to reality as she was her other mentioned book, but this time her gift for putting comedic situations in words places her high on the list of contemporary writers. Maud Muller spins a fine one here! Grady Harp, August 14