Misery and Marlene
A contemporary adult novella
Marlene is twenty-five, single and has only ever wanted two things: to become a Broadway actress, and to escape her redneck upbringing in a suburb of Missouri, or as Marlene calls it, misery.
The only problem? Two little kids depend on her to fill their bellies from the money she makes at a local bar--Marlene's nephews, not to mention her pregnant sister and chain-smoking, good-for-nothin' excuse of a mother.
As Marlene finds solace in a kind but boring man from St. Louis and gets a callback for a prestigious theater performance in the city, it seems that everything in her world is conspiring to force a decision: to pursue a lifelong dream and leave her family behind ... or to shack up with the simpleton for a simple life in misery.
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