It's her thirty-sixth birthday, and she really thought things would be different this year - that she'd have figured out men and how to get along with her narcissistic parents enough to survive a birthday celebration. But nothing's changed. Her disappointing day is capped off by the delivery of a huge bouquet of flowers from Carl, with whom she has recently, and bitterly, split. A gesture of reconciliation? Of passive aggression? She's too unhinged to tell." It's My F---ing Birthday unfolds in seven state-of-my-life addresses this hapless high school art teacher writes to herself on consecutive birthdays, as she is determined to break the patterns of behavior that are keeping her down. Her objective: to avoid making the same mistakes over and over and start making some new ones. Through seven outrageously funny years of needling parents, self-absorbed boyfriends, riots, O.J., and Monica - and bigger and bigger bouquets from Carl - she navigates a circuitous (and ultimately successful) route to happiness in a world where everything seems to conspire to the contrary.
Merrill gives an overview of the book:
Merrill Markoe was born in New York City but by the time high school reared its ugly head, the Markoe family had moved five times. They eventually landed on the San Francisco peninsula where, during her sophomore year, Merrill began a decade long tradition of attending the...
There was a time when Merrill Markoe worried that Stupid Pet Tricks, the goofy segment she created for “Late Night With David Letterman,” would be the sum total of her obituary. Forget her comedy career and...
Merrill Markoe has a keen eye for the little lunacies of modern living. Hers is a special talent, desperately needed these days.