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Trash Sex Magicby Jennifer Stevenson
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Raedawn Somershoe lives in a trailer on the banks of the Fox River. She likes men and men like her. It runs in the family: her mother, Gelia, can seduce a man just by walking across a road. When they set their sights on a man, something magical happens.
Alexander Caebeau drives a bucketloader for a construction company. He's lonely, homesick, tired of cutting down trees and putting up ugly buildings. He dreams of going back to the Bahamas, but when Alexander meets Raedawn Somershoe, something magical happens.
Raedawn has just lost her lover. Her mother is keeping secrets from her. Her childhood sweetheart has come home and is looking for answers. Riverfront developers want Rae and her family gone. She may just be falling in love with Alexander Caebeau. And the Fox River is beginning to rise....Something magical is about to happen.
"There are some pretty weird things going on in the backwoods along the Fox River, just beyond Chicago's far-western suburbs. Twenty-four-year old Raedawn Somershoe and her mom Gelia are trailer trash, women of ill repute, who have worked their sexual wiles on many men in nearby Berne, Ill., not to mention any number of truckers and passing strangers. They live just outside of town with a variety of ill-sorted, half-feral family members and lovers and are mostly content with life. Then a corrupt developer decides that he wants their riverside property as the site for posh new townhouses and he won't take no for an answer. This turns out to be a mistake because the Somershoes have a powerful sexual magic, magic rooted deeply in the trees and the river, and the earth itself. Alexander Caebeau, a homesick Bahamian who runs heavy machinery for the construction company building the townhouses, quickly falls under Raedawn's spell. Then, after an enormous piece of construction machinery is found disassembled overnight, Caebeau is made night watchman and discovers that he has a marvelous and marvel-filled fate in store for him. Filled with oddly bent characters, lovingly detailed descriptions of the Illinois countryside, and just the right amount of magic, Stevenson's first novel is at once sexy, beautifully written and passing strange. (June 15)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Vivid, strange, pulsing with life, this is an unforgettable debut by a promising author." Booklist
"Jennifer Stevenson's raunchy, funny, and disturbing first novel, Trash Sex Magic, is full of bewitching weirdness." Chicago Reader
"Wonderful....Trash Sex Magic can sweep you up and leave up dazzled, miles from home." Locus
"Jennifer Stevenson's sparkling wit comes through in wordplay and metaphor....Surreal, and full of delightful weirdness, this has quickly become my most-recommended book of the year." Green Man Review
"This just absolutely rocks. It's lyrical, it's weird and it's sexy in a very funky way. Trash Sex Magic is full of people you would maybe be afraid to meet in real life, but once you've met them fictionally you are damn sorry you can't at least have a beer with them." Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler's Wife
"It's to Chicago what The Mysteries of Pittsburgh is to Pittsburgh and A Winter's Tale is to New York — a winning, touching, open-eyed love letter — but with trash, sex, and magic too. Unusual and wonderfully done." John Crowley, author of The Translator
"It was a proverb of the 16th Century: On Hallowmass Eve troll notte thy broomstick bye ye caravan park, for thou wottist notte who maye mount thereon. I had paid it little heed since learning it years ago, and planned to read this grand book one chapter at a time. I'd scarcely begun the second when I fell under the author's spell." Gene Wolfe, author of The Knight
"Ambitious, phantasmagorical, with images that burn into your brain and stay there, even when the book is off in a corner somewhere minding its own business." Ellen Kushner, author of Thomas the Rhymer
"Jennifer Stevenson is my goddess. In this book, trash is power. Trash Sex Magic is a springtime bacchanalia of beautiful, wild women, magic trees and sexy men — love it!" Nalo Hopkinson, author of The Salt Roads
It's a romance, it's funny, it's sexy, it's about family and kinship, mothers and daughters, homecomings and never leaving home at all. It's got villains and magic and even a tornado, along with characters who go through unexpected transformations (some quite literal). Raedawn Somershoe lives in a trailer on the banks of the Fox River. She likes men and men like her. It runs in the family: her mother can seduce a man just by walking across a road. When they set their sights on a man, something magical happens. Alexander Caebeau drives a bucketloader for a construction company. He's lonely, homesick, tired of cutting down trees and putting up ugly buildings. He'd like to go back to the Bahamas, but his grandmother won't let him. When Alexander meets Raedawn Somershoe, something magical happens.
A Midsummer Night's Dream transported to the woods of Illinois.
“This just absolutely rocks.”—Audrey Niffenegger
“Raunchy, funny, and disturbing.”—Chicago Reader
“Deeply charming.”—The Washington Post
A tender, joyful, raunchy, radiant novel. Imagine The Metamorphoses or A Midsummer Night’s Dream transported to the woods of Illinois. When a development company cuts down a beloved tree, and tries to drive out Raedawn Summer’s family, strange things start to happen.
About the Author
With her husband of twenty-six years, Jennifer Stevenson owns Hawkeye Scenic Studios, Inc., a scenery construction shop located in Chicago. Her stories have been published in a number of anthologies. "Solstice" was published as a chapbook by Green Man Review. Trash Sex Magic is Jennifer's first novel. She is currently working on a series of romantic comedies.
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