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THE STROKES by Bernadette Cooper A portrait of a dysfunctional modern day "Addams family." Cooper shines a dark, twisted, humorous, light on, of otherwise serious subject matters. In this satirical portrayal of ignorance and abandonment; projecting a lens and zooming in, on the unpleasant aspects of the world through ridiculousness. Meet Virginia Strokes, the family matriarch who bathes in sarcasm from a tub filled with comedic insensitivity. She has a disdain for most anyone who is not of the Caucasian persuasion. She is a consummate generational racist. Greet her bumbling-idiot, future, son-in-law, Bobby Sr, the suspected pedophile who appears to be grooming his next victim in plain sight of everyone. Observe her space-cadet, slumberous daughter, Betty, whose solitary goal in life Is Virginia's life Insurance policy. Welcome, the holy child, Virginia's drug addicted son Randy. Through her eyes, he is flawless, even though he schleps the stench of room spray, scented by a distillery. If Randy's con-artist wife were to carry a sign, it would read, "Meth head, needs money to get high, only short seventy-five cents. I will repay in two installments." And do, make the acquaintance of her sister Mary, whose past abuse has caused her to seek therapy by elevating and connecting herself to any form of a higher power, including a chicken sandwich if the bun resembles the shape of Christ. Lastly, hail those bad-ass grandkids and the black illegitimate newborn. Unforeseen circumstances will place Virginia in an environment surrounded by absolute calamity, in scenes dramatically performed by souls who have lived two lifetimes. The cast of characters are subjected to Virginia's quick-witted scrutiny until she makes the acquaintance of the Spitfire, Mrs. Jean. One woman transforms Virginia life for the better, by teaching her through example, the two most powerful four letter words in the universe, hope, and love. The Novella, Bernadette Cooper's animated narration, and the soundtrack available 2017. Copyright 2016 by Bernadette Cooper

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