Bobbie Lamont

Fiction - Drama
367 Pages
Reviewed on 09/15/2014
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Author Biography

Zelmer Wilson (1975- ) was born in Fort Collins, Colorado. At the age of three, he moved with his family to Fort Smith, Arkansas. He would live there until he was eleven years old. In the summer of 1986, he left Arkansas and moved to Phoenix, Arizona with his father and stepmother. During the summer of 1990, while visiting his mother and two sisters in Birmingham, Alabama, he discovered his calling in life, to be a writer. His debut novel, In the Middle, is inspired by his own difficult teenage years in Phoenix, Arizona.

His influences are Henry Miller, Charles Bukowski, Larry Brown, Janet Fitch, and James Ellroy.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite

Bobbie Lamont by Zelmer Wilson is a fairy tale set in 2010. Bobbie Lamont is a successful woman who has given up on finding love for herself after a bitter divorce. That is when she discovers a man she dated twenty years ago has written a book inspired by their relationship, a book that ends up unlocking a lot of memories for Bobbie and reminds her that she just may be able to find love again. Not only does she find that she can fall in love again, but she finds herself falling for Miller all over again.

I always enjoy a a good love story and this one hit the spot for me. Going through a divorce myself right now, I felt very connected to the title character. When you go through an emotional feeling like divorce you truly do think that love is no longer on the cards for you. This book has a fantastic flow and you can tell that Zelmer Wilson put a lot of thought into every word. I enjoyed Bobbie's journey and the memories that surfaced from reading the book. I felt engaged with every page and I had a hard time putting this one down. If you are looking for a solid and realistic love story with characters you will grow to love, this is going to be a book you will enjoy. I would highly recommend it.

Christine Nguyen

Bobbie Lamont is about an author named Bobbie Lamont who has written two best-selling memoirs and is a successful free-lance journalist. She attends her 20-year reunion under the stressful circumstances of the breakup of her twelve-year marriage to her husband, Truman. He has left her for another woman from his office. Bobbie is feeling lonely and depressed, but the year she graduated from Tulane College, the summer of 1990, was a huge year for her – her on and off again college professor lover breaks up with her after graduation, and she meets a younger guy still in high school who she madly falls in love with. Twenty years later, a novel written about her love affair by her former younger flame, Miller Hoffman, sets off a series of events that leads Bobbie to discover her heart again.

Author Zelmer Wilson writes Bobbie Lamont with a naturalness that makes Bobbie a very likeable character, with her chain smoking and borderline alcoholism with vodka tonics. She is a protagonist that many women can relate to due to all her problems in middle age with her life and marriage falling apart. Her daughter, Billie Joe, and Aunt Gina keep scolding her for drinking too much, but Bobbie can’t seem to find a middle ground and is en route to becoming an alcoholic like her mother. This was a very entertaining story that is a light, fun read going down Memory Lane. Bobbie has all the foibles of women, which makes her very relatable to readers. I enjoyed this book and Bobbie.

Jessyca Garcia

Bobbie Lamont is a love story that everyone can identify with and gives hope for a second chance at love. I saw myself wondering and thinking the same things as the main character Bobbie Lamont at least once in my life. Zelmer Wilson's genius way of showing how both his characters, Bonnie and Miller, felt and experienced things at the same time help the reader to connect with them.
This is Wilson's second novel and I liked it even better than his first. I do recommend reading his first novel "In the Middle", so that you can see and experience Miller's take on the situations with Bobbie.