Dr. Jacquelyn and Mrs. Hyde
An upmarket adult novel with comic undertones, The Underbelly is aimed primarily at women, but several men who read it confessed to having a crush on Trishita. Men wants her to run for president of the United States. Trishita McCabe, 25, six feet tall and redheaded, wants an education in order to escape the slums and her alcoholic mother. Her father, a visiting professor from Scotland, knows naught of her. She has supported her mother and small half-brothers by working full time since age twelve and feels trapped by their need.
When the little brothers are rescued away, she develops the courage to find employment as a live-in maid where she hopes to learn the ropes of the middle class. Dr. Jacquelyn Hyde, assistant superintendent of a large suburban school district, suffers from a secret obsession to break up people’s collections of useless things like empty beer bottles or Lalique figurines. She lives with her husband and two teen-aged children in a beautiful home in a suburban town. She reads Trishita’s well written, varied and phony letters of recommendation and hires her. Their stories collide.
About the author
Evelyn Cole, MA, MFA, poet and resident of San Luis Obispo County, CA, is a failed sea kayaker, a successful cook, failed businesswoman, successful teacher and professor, failed webmaster, successful ping pong champ, failed golfer and successful traveler, wife/lover, mother, and occupant of this planet who wears her poetic license on her car, her head in the sand, and her heart in her pen.
She has published one textbook on levels of abstraction, two books of poetry, and six novels shown throughout, “Call me Mary” subtitled “and do call,” “For the Sake of All Others,” “A Tough Journey,” “Gambling for Good Mail,” “Hurricane Love” and “The Underbelly,” subtitled “Dr. Jacquelyn and Mrs. Hyde.” Beside non-fiction articles for psychologists, she wrote Brainsweep, a six lesson course for tapping into the subconscious mind. It is available free to anyone who doesn’t mind writing by hand.