A Life Lived Ridiculously
Publisher : Firefly Publishing & Entertainment, LLC.
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When a girl
with obsessive compulsive disorder falls in love with a sociopath, she must
fight for her sanity and her life.
Maxine’s brain is stuck.
Everything around her feels wrong and the only way to fix it is to check,
double-check, rearrange and count everything. What Maxine can’t fix though is
her parents’ constant nagging over the absence of a husband. A humiliation that
is further compounded when her younger brother runs off with Miss Perfect. Then
she meets Sam,
a smooth-talking charmer with the weight of the world on his shoulders, and
enough terminal diseases to wipe out a small village. Maxine decides that Sam
is her salvation, never mind that his life is more depressing than a Greek
tragedy, and others are urging her to get away from him. The problem is that
Sam has Maxine under his spell. Will Maxine escape from Sam before it is too
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The Story Behind This Book
I wanted to write a story from the point of view of someone with distorted thinking. As a neuroscientist, I’ve always been fascinated by mental illness, and especially obsessive compulsive disorder. I’m a little OCD myself, so had no trouble making the character, Maxine, suffer, and convincingly so. There are too many people suffering in silence from symptoms of OCD that are not written in all the text books nor publicized in shocking television documentaries. Believe it or not, many sufferers of OCD are not obsessed by hygiene, checking the oven or hoarding. These are the OCD sufferers who suffer in embarrassed silence. My aim is to use Maxine and her excruciatingly embarrassing, non-textbook symptoms to give these people a voice.
Sociopaths are fascinating too, because they are everywhere (4% of the population apparently). Whether a spouse, partner, colleague or relative, most people (whether they know it or not) have a sociopath in their life. I had one in my life and found him fascinating. The way they can look you right in the eye and lie. The fact that they are capable of anything because they are not limited by the same moral boundaries as the rest of us. Even the way they talk, they have this amazing ability to monologue incessantly while actually revealing nothing. I wanted specifically to capture this trait in my sociopath’s voice.
What’s particularly interesting about mixing the OCD sufferer with the sociopath is the combing of a person who feels constant mental pain with one who feels nothing at all.
Praise and Reviews
Charbit has a strikingly skillful hand with words, and her razor sharp
and charmingly offbeat insights and descriptions are intriguing. A Life
Lived Ridiculously is one of those books that one may open at any page
to get a feel of writing style and story line, and Charbit's
intelligently satirical style draws the reader immediately into Maxine's
life with the urge to learn more.Bernie Hodkin, Baltimore Jewish Times:
What makes “A Life Lived Ridiculously” so refreshing is how real it is.
We have all dated people like Sam, liars who will say anything in order
to get what they want from you. Charbit, a first-time novelist,
captures everything that makes the dating scene simultaneously so
exciting and so frustrating, from the exhilaration of a first kiss to
the despair when you realize that he is ignoring your messages.Iain Wear, The Book Bag:
What endeared Maxine - and the book as a whole to me was that we see so
much of her life. There are none of the huge jumps over the boring
parts that often happen in the genre. We see Maxine at work and her
studies and when she's rearranging her flat. She fails to see Sam's
attraction to her at first and vacillates over whether to give him money
he seems to need. Her suspicions that all isn't well creep up on her
slowly and she has moments of doubt when mutual friends don't
immediately agree with her point of view. Such natural events and
feelings, but so often missing from chick-lit novels and they help to
balance out the stranger events like misplacing her car and spending
hours messing with lamps when she should be sleeping.Kate Williams, Psych Central:Slowly unraveling
Maxine and Sam’s story is a satisfying endeavor, pulling away layers of
societal presentation in order to reveal the complex workings of the
mind. Dr. Charbit does indeed use her vast experience with the subjects
of the book to pull the reader in with remarkably developed characters.
Especially for a first novel, A Life Lived Ridiculously succeeds in
its stated purpose: it makes us aware of and think closely about our
stereotypes and generalizations in the mental health world.
Zippy, The Review Broads: I loved that Charbit pulls us deliciously and dangerously into Maxine’s world gracefully and seamlessly;
we have all had these kinds of relationships, and Maxine’s world is so
carefully compiled, chapter by chapter, that I felt I was Maxine in the
throes of co-dependency! Ms. Charbit’s talent is in her
characterizations, timing and emotional nuance. A very good
first novel, and I believe Charbit’s next novel will be more compelling,
as she shows every sign of an author to watch. As Maxine goes
from clueless to savvy, and Sam’s dreary tale comes out, we can’t wait
to turn the page to find out what Maxine will do. Well done, good read.
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Dr Annabelle R Charbit grew up
in London, UK,
and has been writing since 2006, when her comedy play, Sound Advice, was performed by CP Theatre Productions in London. In 2007, she w More...
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