Touchstone, Jul 19 2011, $14.99
Lily Burns' grandmother Dolly and affirmed by her mother Selma beat the drums all her life with the hymn "Never marry a man unless he's short, bald, fat, stupid, and treats you badly." Instead she ignores their sage advice and marries perfect pediatrician Gogo Goldblatt.
Her hunk treats her kindly and with respect. In love they elope. In shock over her good fortune, which ignores the matriarchal mantra, Lily asks Gogo to pinch her to insure she is awake. When he playfully does, she finds herself back in her home before she wed Gogo. Stunned Lily locates Gogo but he fails to recognize her and is married to someone else. Now she understands the refrain as the women in her family are cursed.
With a nod to Penelope, this contemporary fairy tale is a fun tale as Lily works to break the curse of love that has destroyed her immediate ancestors. The complicated story line is entertaining as Lily and readers wonder what happened to the happily ever after since the pinch finds Gogo married to someone else. Although the key player Lily is not fully developed and the support cast stereotyped purposely from fairy tale 101 to emphasize the Curse, Pinch Me is an enjoyable lighthearted twist on the Curse of love.