In Conversations and Cosmopolitans: How to Give your Mother a Hangover, a book by mother and son Robert and Jane Rave, a smart and witty perspective of life as a young gay male trying to find his place in the gay community, and a mother trying to knock some sense into her child is given. Whether it's about online dating or "manscaping," mama always has something to say.
Robert, who at the beginning of the book comes out to his parents through a letter, is a 21-year-old mid-western man who has recently moved to New York City to get a fresh start, and according to him, share sushi with Renee Zellweger.
Robert offers a comical account of his desire to fit in with the gay community and overcome his lack of self-confidence. His portion of the book is well written, and manages to grab the attention of the reader by focusing on major events that will have the reader laughing at his failed attempts to be smooth.
Jane, a 53-year-old conservative mother and wife of 38 years, knows a thing or two about how to be a good parent. From the moment she gets a letter from her son telling her of his sexual orientation she is a hundred percent behind him. Although her writing is slightly behind that of her son's, the wisdom that she offers is still recognized.
Jane never fails to support or defend Robert whether it's through everyday phone calls or Weight Watchers support groups. Robert hits the nail on the head when he writes about his family, "We're the nicest people in the world, but you mess with our family once and we get all Sopranos on you."
Even though the beginning starts out slow, readers won't be disappointed when the book is finished. Conversations and Cosmopolitans delivers a great mother/son relationship in an unusual form, but is a part of the reason this book is so successful.
Although the book is aimed at an audience in their twenties, Conversations and Cosmopolitans could be just as easily read by a reader in their teens, or a mother in their fifties. I recommend this book to anyone who wishes to have some good laughs, and gain wisdom along the way.