The Little Insanity
What percentage of us are damaged, handicapped, or fractured in some way that we struggle desperately to hide from the casual, and not so casual, observer? How many of us can lay claim to total mental stability, renouncing any character flaws or defects that can adversely affect our relationships and interactions with others?
The French call sex 'Le Petit Mort', the Little Death, because it temporarily suspends the heart and the head. The 'Little Insanity' focuses on the equally crazy effects of relationships, on our behavior, in the new millennium. Watch the insanity that ensues when six, seemingly sane, individuals mix and shake their own, not so healthy, personality cocktails together. Follow Jenn, Jason, Kyle, Kyra, Brad and Beth through the sexual and personal relationships that are 'The Little Insanity'. Don't mistake this for another knock-off of 'Friends'. This relay of relationships between these 30-somethings shines a light on the different faces we wear and the machinations we all go through to hide what is really beneath the surface. The setting for this little dysfunctional drama is a small town in Connecticut, although some of the story takes place in 'The Big Apple'.
Jenn Parker is a therapist with a secret. She has an uncontrollable addiction to sex which leads her into bed with Jason, Kyle and Brad, just to name a few. She is also struggling to find some balance in her less than rational relationship with her mother. Jason is a small town cop who is dealing with the passing of his 'glory days'. He is confused and dissatisfied with the path his life has taken, but he's unsure of how to change it. Kyle, Jason's boyhood friend, has been physically battered and broken by a harsh, demanding job. Every waking moment is an exercise in torture. He finally resorts to street drugs in a desperate attempt to manage the pain. That decision ultimately costs him his marriage and possibly his life. Kyra is angry with the curves that life has thrown her. Her marriage to Kyle has turned into a bitter disappointment. She begins to live by the credo, 'misery loves company', until Kyle ends up in a coma. Forced to acknowledge her true love for her husband, she becomes willing to forgive his infidelities and physical limitations; if he will only come back to her. Beth has always had to struggle along by herself. One failed relationship, several years ago, has convinced her that it is better to sink or swim on her own. The journey has not been an easy one. Beth has had to redouble her efforts to compensate for her singleness. It is taking its toll. Now, bulimic and unemployed, she frantically wonders what life has in store for her. Brad is an extremely successful corporate type who has a compulsive need to control; his friends, his women and his future. That control was seriously miscalculated when he took advantage of Kyra in a weak moment. It was a mistake she is not about to let him forget.
With the pace of a literary soap opera, this story should appeal to readers who enjoy watching a fictional, but realistic, character's life unfold and unravel before them. These six characters are on a path of discovery that will lead them to painful truths about life, love, themselves and others. Like a car crash, we must watch as these events drive some of our characters, inexorably, toward a crescendo that is the ultimate insanity.