NEW YORK, Sept. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- It's Friday night at the opening of Lisa Dempsey's new offbeat comedy, De la Sole (now available through AuthorHouse). But the typical happy hour four friends enjoy turns into a wild experience that involves men's leather dance shoes, a pack of sweaty bar flies and the lesson that social rules are meant to be broken.
Tim, as usual, is pining for Jane, a cute, blonde doll of a woman who has no idea of Tim's affection for her. Every Friday Jane and Tim, along with the warm-hearted Marc and the bossy, bigmouth Trish have drinks at happy hour. But this time, Jane arrives at the bar with a horrible secret: the new guy she is dating has a stash of Capezio dance shoes and an assortment of stretchy, neon dance costumes in his closet. Doug seems like a macho guy on the outside but expresses himself, apparently, through the rhythm of the music. He's expected to arrive back in town tonight, so Jane - who was snooping when she came to feed his cat - must scurry back to replace the shoes she hastily stole.
The four friends sneak into the boyfriend's house with Jane, but as they are going through his secret items, Doug watches them from across the street. He calls his own posse: Jimmy Wiggles, a well-oiled Chinese man, Johnny Soft and The Boot, a midget whose presence in a room is bigger than he is. These goofy gangster types clash with the four friends in the apartment. Although people are held at gunpoint, the scene is anything but serious - it's brilliantly absurd.
The abduction of the friends turns into a rip-roaring trek to several dive bars. Jane, in her quest to shed her "cuteness," and Tim, in his realization that Jane isn't the one, along with Marc, Trish and the rest of the parodies they meet, learn about each other, the nature of social acceptance and some other secrets along the way. Ridiculous and laugh-out-loud funny, the dialogue is witty and frank. One reviewer on Amazon.com described this story as "'After Hours' meets an episode of 'Seinfeld.'" Humorous, smart and impeccably over- the-top, De la Sole is as unique as it is amusing.
Dempsey originally hails from Philadelphia, Pa. In the last 10 years, she has lived in cities such as New York, Geneva and Toronto, moving ostensibly for "work." Her true motive, however, has been to travel the world to mainstream the word "hoagie." De la Sole is her first book.
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