BoomerAngst by Margo Phillips

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BOOMERANGST BY MARGO PHILLIPS

Volume One: Jaywalking on the Millennium Bridge

ABOUT THE BOOK
This first person account tells the story of Jamie Willoughby’s summer of 1998. When, faced with all her problems, she decides to move in with her boyfriend, Scott, who lives with his eccentric family in San Fernando, California. Scott, highly intelligent but a chronic alcoholic is soon rushed to the Emergency Room, at death’s door, suffering from cirrhosis of the liver and other complications. On discharging himself from the hospital, Jamie helps nurse him back to health. But things have changed in their relationship. Scott becomes more aloof and disdainful. It is clear that there is some love between them, but a distance has set in.

Given the awkwardness of the situation, Jamie takes to spending more and more time alone in a makeshift studio, listening to Bob Dylan and writing BoomerAngst- - a sort of journal for Jamie. In it she records the events happening around her - some personal, some political, and some simply absurd situations in which she finds herself - and flashbacks to her colourful past. We learn about her father’s family - the Willoughbys, a bunch of wild and crazy Texans, who made and lost millions - and her mother, a right-wing Republican with more conventional roots; about her life-long friends, the Sleaze Sisters; famous musicians she has known and often performed with; and other people in her life, some of whom became victims to the excesses of the Sixties.

Alongside this, we follow her relationship with Scott as he recovers, which seems to worsen as he gets better, but sometimes shows signs of improving. Her frustration with these mixed signals from the man she loves becomes a thorn in her side. Eventually the summer comes to an end and so does the book. We leave Jamie feeling positive about her future, although she is definitely not out of the overgrown karmic payback zone. As Scott always tells her: "Deal with it." And so she does as the story continues in Volume Two of this ongoing series.

BoomerAngst