Posted on Goodreads, September 16, 2018: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37507307-love-is-the-punch-line?from_search=true
Love is the Punch Line, Kathleen Jones’ debut novel, is not your average romance.
Straying from the tried and tested formula of two young, beautiful, perfect people overcoming a series of challenges and rivals on the path to true love, Kathleen gives us a relationship that feels a lot closer to the real world. The story revolves around Josh, an aging comedian on a steep downward career curve, peddling weak material at obscure comedy clubs – a world away from his past as a successful sitcom star. Josh is self-obsessed, depressed, and consumed with doubt over both his comedy and his unattractive appearance. When he meets Holly, a Canadian business woman, there are early hints that she could be his salvation – but both of them are damaged from previous failed relationships and prone to overreact to every little setback that comes their way. At times it’s hard to like either character, but that adds to the sense that this book reflects real life, where few people can remain consistently likeable in their most difficult moments.
A string of mishaps and misunderstandings conspires to keep the couple apart as the novel progresses, and we are kept guessing as to their eventual fate until the finals chapters. The book is an enjoyable ride, but touches on serious themes such as depression, suicide, and body image. Recommended if you want a romance that goes beyond the norm.
Kathleen Jones, author of Love Is the Punch Line, will be selling copies of her novel at The Word on the Street, Toronto’s largest book and magazine festival:
Location: The Word on The Street, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Where you’ll find Kathleen: Booth 346a, Love Is the Punch Line
Date: Sunday, September 23, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Festival features the best selection of Canadian books and magazines you’ll find anywhere, as well as hundreds of author readings and activities. Admission is free. For further information: https://thewordonthestreet.ca/toronto/
Author Kathleen Jones will be signing copies of her novel Love Is the Punch Line.
Where: IndigoSpirit, First Canadian Place, 100 King Street West, Toronto
When: Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm.
Can’t make the signing? Copies of the novel are available at IndigoSpirit NOW!!! Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Posted by Laura B on Amazon.ca, August 8, 2018:
Great writing! Really enjoyed the story of an up and down and up again love affair and everything in between.
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Description: Middle-aged stand-up comedian Josh Steinberg, formerly the star of his own popular TV series, finds himself struggling to keep his career alive, playing seedier and seedier clubs. Plump, balding, and plain-looking, he has never had much luck with women. That is, until Josh meets Holly Brannigan while performing his stand-up act in a comedy club. Holly, an attractive, intelligent, and divorced 50-year-old businesswoman, becomes instantly smitten with Josh and even finds his unconventional looks wildly sexy.
The lonely and vulnerable Josh soon falls in love with Holly, even though she’s not the statuesque type he usually goes for. But Josh, terrified of being hurt and discarded by yet another woman, hides his true feelings for Holly by making fun of her in his stand-up act. And Holly, taking Josh’s words to heart, starts to wonder if she means anything to him at all.
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Synopsis: Middle-aged stand-up comedian Josh Steinberg, the “Jewish Comedy King” and formerly the star of his own popular TV series, finds himself struggling to keep his career alive, playing seedier and seedier clubs. Plump, balding, and plain-looking, he has never had much luck with women. That is, until Josh meets Holly Brannigan while performing his stand-up act in a club. Holly, an attractive, intelligent, and divorced 50-year-old businesswoman, becomes instantly smitten with Josh and even finds his unconventional looks wildly sexy.
Posted by Malcolm Campbell on Goodreads, July 4, 2018
“The seductive tale of a washed up Jewish standup comedian. He falls for a lovely gal who has thrown a drink in his face during a routine. The captivating tale of their torturous path to happiness.”