Review- Dorothy On The Rocks by Barbara Suter

Title: Dorothy On The Rocks

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Author: Barbara Suter

Publisher: Algonquin

Source: Purchase,  Kindle, $1.99

Rating: 3.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from

In Maggie Barlow’s world, reality is overrated. So what if her singing career has hit a sour note or she’s no longer the ingénue that she used to be? So what if she drinks and smokes a bit too much or likes to chat with a fairy godperson who appears to her from time to time? She’s the queen of denial and an actress to boot—she can just take on the role of someone she likes better than her sorry self. Regrettably, that role is currently Dorothy in the Little Britches Theater Company’s production of The Wizard of Oz.

Dorothy on the Rocks is the story of a funny, lovable, totally self-destructive woman who, after a night of one-drink-too-many, wakes up with a strange man in her bed: confident, handsome, sexy, twenty-eight-year-old Jack. What happens next is what makes Barbara Suter’s coming-of-middle-age tale so much fun. For when the make-believe is finally stripped away, our hurt, lonely, and very afraid heroine finally takes center stage and finds herself starring in a totally improbable love story. It just might be the role of a lifetime.


The protagonist, Maggie, is disaster waiting to happen.  We become very sympathetic to all of her struggles with life.  The fact that she is falling in love with a guy who is twelve years her junior sends warning bells to her but she is going to ride out the “happy” while she can since everything else is not working.

Barbara Suter has penned a thoughtful look at shattered dreams and indomitable spirit.  The book is funny and sad. I laughed and I cried.  I was hoping for a more upbeat reading experience but I was not disappointed in the realization of a well plotted book replete with interesting characters and a glimpse into the lives of thespians and entertainers who struggle to make a living.


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