The Tribulations of Paulette chronicles an overworked and under recognized mother who thinks her glory days are long gone. Paulette is a heroine for a generation of talented, intelligent women who gave up careers in the 1990s to raise families. Driven largely by hormones run amok, Paulette has teen angst competing with middle age woes. She also has three boys under 12 and an inattentive spouse (make that four boys under 12). She is caught up in Larry David-esque encounters with kooky friends, gym rats and an elderly couple. She fights off the occasional former lover, and sometimes she doesn’t feel like fighting them off. Like Lucy Ricardo, Paulette wants to break into something- she just doesn’t know what “it” is. Paulette thought she peaked in her late thirties, but her tribulations will prove that she barely scratched the surface. It has been a long time coming.
A distracted housewife and mother of three, deep in the throes of a midlife identity crisis marked by random hormonal urgings, skirmishes with the general public and bizarre events.
Paulette’s imperturbable, unexciting husband. Preoccupied with his job, sports, and yards of mulch, he is unaware of the extent of Paulette’s issues. Each night after dinner, he falls asleep in his chair in front of Law and Order reruns.
Paulette’s best friend, a gangly redhead. Her standard method of appearance is a “drive-by” of Paulette’s back stoop—it is rare that we see her out of the car. Formerly married to a cheating celebrity chef. Dolly’s post-divorce traumatic syndrome causes her to embrace questionable holistic health programs, Bikram yoga and relationships with unsavory characters.
Dolly’s new boyfriend, hand plucked from the Chicken Box, a Nantucket bar room. He’s an ex-con with delusions of grandeur who envisions himself as man-about-town. He enjoys Ralph Lauren cashmere and expensive reading glasses, which give him a distinctly professorial look. When not in jail, he lives above Dolly’s garage.
Bertie and Howard
Paulette’s ninety-year old neighbors. Parents, grandparents and great grandparents, Bertie and Howard personify the pinnacle of life to Paulette because they have seen and done it all. Bertie and Paulette openly spy on neighbors; Howard is the neighborhood watchdog. Bertie and Howard often experience odd domestic events that Paulette is called upon to solve.
Paulette’s high school boyfriend. He is a handsome cheapskate with myriad health problems, married to an uptight investment banker whom he doesn’t love. Ted is in the throes of his own midlife crisis.
Paulette’s alter ego, she is a British, left-leaning mother of six trying to break into the organic baby food business.