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A Novel About........Genital Herpes

  • Apr 27, 2010
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Dinerman, Barbara. "H: A Novel", iUniverse, 2007.

A Novel about....Genital Herpes

Amos Lassen

It has often been said that there is a book about everything on the market but who "wulda thunk" that there would be a novel about herpes. Barbara Dinerman gives us quite an irreverent book about herpes, office politics and a woman's search for identity. The novel is set in Fort Lauderdale and Joan Halprin, a single 30 year old discovers that he has the herpes virus. She feels like a leper. She wants to gain a foothold in the business of advertising so she begins as a copywriter. Her career is finally underway and she meets Nate, the handsome son of a client but she must find some way to tell him that she has the virus and she does manage to find a way around the situation. Herpes suddenly becomes a lot of fun but the book does deal with other issues as well--careers, self-satisfaction, acceptance and several other issues that concern us in the world today.
This is a fun easy read that is totally entertaining. The humor is dark and is a new way to look at herpes. I was really sorry to see it end and that is my one problem with the book. I see where it could have been expanded and still not have lost its humor. Of course, it is nice to read a book that is not loaded with a lot of extra details. The author's wit, however, is so caustic that I wish I had had more of it.

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review by . May 03, 2010
It is the seventies and a professional woman (Joan Halprin) is looking for a man and engaging in promiscuous behavior in carrying out her search. Hardly a new idea for a plot for a book, in this case the "H" title is for the herpes virus that she carries. Therefore, Joan spends a lot of time thinking about the (nonsexual) itch in her crotch when she is suffering from an outbreak.    Joan spent her youth in New York and other cities experiencing the sexual attentions of many males and she …
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After being infected with herpes, Joan Halprin, a single woman in her mid-thirties, feels untouchable. She spent her youth enjoying worldly experiences in New York and other cities, but now it’s time to start a serious career as a copywriter for a Fort Lauderdale advertising agency. Despite feeling like a pariah in her personal life, Joan is anxious to prove herself professionally.

Fort Lauderdale in the 1980s is experiencing a real estate boom. Joan’s parents have moved from Boston to a retirement community in the area, and her brother and his thrifty wife have settled nearby. But even with the presence of her family, Joan feels isolated with her “H” problem, despite knowing that one in four women, and one in five men, are similarly afflicted.

Her irascible, rotund new boss certainly isn’t helping her regain her self-esteem. But with her irrepressible humor, Joan concocts an extraordinary solution to most of what ails her. Will this creative project work?

“H”: A Novel is an amusing and original tale of office politics, sex, and one woman’s search for her true identity.

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ISBN-10: 059540930X
ISBN-13: 978-0595409303
Author: Barbara Dinerman
Publisher: iUniverse, Inc.

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