…the second book

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“I never found a writer who was as good as DH Lawrence, but who could also get into a man’s head and tell that story. Until now. Wilke is a kind of genius. Or a damn good writer doing a better job of getting into the head of the opposite sex than DH Lawrence anyway. She combines humor, terrific writing, and some none-too-gently acquired truths into a different kind of relationship story.” ~ Barb Taub, Writing & Coffee Book Blog, UK

“This is one of those books which exceeded all my expectations. I was expecting a romance with a couple of twists to the tale but what I got was something far deeper and more satisfying. If you want a book with many layers, to be thoroughly entertained by a cracking story, this is for you.” ~ A Woman’s Wisdom Book Blog


LORRAINE DEVON WILKE’S SECOND NOVEL, HYSTERICAL LOVE, evolves from similar terrain as her first: the quirks, foibles, and “heartfulness” of real life, particularly within the dynamics of a complex and complicated family. With a deft mix of comedy and drama, it’s story has struck a chord with both readers and editorial gatekeepers, garnering enthusiastic reviews and a handful of awards, two new ones just recently bestowed:

• 2017 Solo Medalist in General Fiction, New Apple Awards
• 2017 Finalist in General Fiction, American Book Fest Best Book Awards

Additional Media & Reviews HERE.


SYNOPSIS:

Dan McDowell, a thirty-three-year-old portrait photographer happily set to marry his beloved Jane, is stunned when a slip of the tongue about an “ex-girlfriend overlap” of years earlier throws their pending marriage into doubt and him onto the street. Or at least into the second bedroom of their next-door neighbor, Bob, where Dan is sure it won’t be long.

It’s long.

His sister, Lucy, further confuses matters with her “soul mate theory” and its suggestion that Jane might not be his… soul mate, that is. But the tipping point comes when his father is struck ill, sparking a chain of events in which Dan discovers a story written by this man he doesn’t readily understand, but who, it seems, has long harbored an unrequited love from decades earlier.

Incapable of fixing his own romantic dilemma, Dan becomes fixated on finding this woman of his father’s dreams and sets off for Oakland, California, on a mission fraught with detours and semi-hilarious peril. Along the way he meets the beautiful Fiona, herbalist and flower child, who assists in his quest while quietly and erotically shaking up his world. When, against all odds, he finds the elusive woman from the past, the ultimate discovery of how she truly fit into his father’s life leaves him staggered, as does the reality of what’s been stirred up with Fiona. But it’s when he returns home to yet another set of unexpected truths that he’s shaken to the core, ultimately forced to face who he is and just whom he might be able to love.

Lorraine Devon Wilke, author of acclaimed novel, AFTER THE SUCKER PUNCH, brings her signature style to a whip-smart narrative told from the point of view of its male protagonist. HYSTERICAL LOVE explores themes of family, commitment, balancing creativity, facing adulthood, and digging deep to understand the beating heart of true love.


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“Wilke is a skilled writer, able to plausibly inhabit Dan’s young male perspective… a well-written, engaging, sometimes-frustrating tale of reaching adulthood a little late.” ~ Kirkus Reviews

“I never found a writer who was as good as DH Lawrence, but who could also get into a man’s head and tell that story. Until now. Wilke is a kind of genius. Or a damn good writer doing a better job of getting into the head of the opposite sex than DH Lawrence anyway. She combines humor, terrific writing, and some none-too-gently acquired truths into a different kind of relationship story.” ~ Barb Taub, Writing & Coffee Book Blog

B.R.A.G Medallion Honoree ~ IndieBRAG

“This is aptly named. This novel is HYSTERICAL! Fair warning….do not read this in public. There are places you will laugh out loud!” …This is a story about love. All kinds of love! Family, friendship, and soul-mate love…it’s all in here. It is told with such creativity and uniqueness.” ~ ReecasPieces Book Blog

“I loved this book! Loved, loved, loved it. Devon Wilke’s writing style is witty, pointed, funny, even hilarious at times.” ~ Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews

“Effectively told through the first person, Hysterical Love is a deftly told tale about the search for love in the 21st century.” ~ Literary Fiction Book Review

“This is one of those books which exceeded all my expectations. I was expecting a romance with a couple of twists to the tale but what I got was something far deeper and more satisfying. If you want a book with many layers, to be thoroughly entertained by a cracking story, this is for you.” ~ A Woman’s Wisdom Book Blog

“If you’re looking for book recommendations, these are the editor picks: Hysterical Love…” ~ WE Magazine for Women

“Hysterical Love is a whip-smart narrative of modern family misadventure and romantic entanglement that is skillfully blended with humor and drama.” ~ Johnny Tan, FMMK Talk Radio

“A humorous literary journey that weaves complicated romances and fragile family relationships with themes of realization and forgiveness.” ~ The Amy Beth Arkawy Radio Show

“A cathartic journey written by a true Renaissance woman.” ~ Dr. Peter Sacco & Todd Miller, Matters of the Mind Talk Radio

Cover design by Grace Amandes
Cover photograph by Lorraine Devon Wilke

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