An anxious adolescent receives the distressing prediction of a long but loveless life. He must convince his shrewish mother to let him travel to visit the only person who can prove the prophecy wrong: his stepmother.
Scientific testing has determined that thirteen-year-old Ezekiel’s life will be long but loveless. Too bad even the smell of a female sends a shock straight to his underpants.
His divorced mother Bebe, bursting with anger and resentment at her ex-husband, turns to life coach Dr. Gary Huff and his newly acquired secret weapon, the fantastic Zimbalist Holistic Recliner, which gives its users refuge in an oasis of improved, immersive rememories. Bebe and Dr. Gary soon become addicted to their re-engineered recollections, and aren’t sure they want to kick the habit, even when their revised histories threaten their sanity.
Ezekiel’s distant father Joe and his new wife Charlotte are caretakers at the Little Red Inn, where fans of a mediocre children’s author gather. Joe attempts to give his son The Talk during a New Year’s visit, while Ezekiel, obsessed with his stepmother, seeks the proof that his life will not be empty of affection.
"If Kurt Vonnegut had written for MAD magazine, the result might be something like Jenny Drummey's Unrequited. Her breezy, sparkling style harkens back to the days when the novel was king, with a tuned-in but tender satire of how modern consumer culture plays on our very human foibles. At the center of the book is an impossible love triangle that brings up a pained laugh for anyone who remembers the rhetorical longings of adolescence. The book is a honeydew in a cantalope world -- crisp, tart and satisfying. Everyone on my list got a copy for Christmas."
- Ian Jones, Sun King Records
"Through ordinary memory, we perform a *degree* of re-doing all the time. In Unrequited we see this natural process turned up to - how you say? - ELEVEN? and with all the distortion that implies. In any case, this novel is a singular excursion/journey/trip, one you won't likely forget!" - Amazon Review
"Unrequited brings together memorable characters with an intriguing swirl of thoughts about how we process memory. Are unpleasant memories baggage that weigh you down, or important reminders of how you became who you are? Did you build on them, or allow them to carry you down? . . .Unrequited is both jokey and very human, and definitely worth reading." - Good Reads review
"Jenny Drummey’s “Unrequited” laughs at everything you love to hate: human-potential gurus, the suburbanization of BDSM, the technology of narcissism, pop-culture fandom, dialog with the dead, whacked-out mothers, cute B&B’s, divination via standardized testing, reality TV, geek angst, and Faustian bargains for worthless souls. A fun and funny read to help you better understand the “recline of Western civilization." - Good Reads review
enny Drummey sees the world differently than anyone else, and that unique view is obvious in her short stories and in UNREQUITED, her beautiful novel. Read Jenny's work and you'll come across deeply-recognizable characters and story twists that always take an emotionally-unexpected turn. I love her work, and rush to read anything she writes. - E. A. Aymar, The Dead Trilogy, managing editor, The Thrill Begins