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A provocative new short-story collection from Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler, Intercourse delightfully reveals what goes through a person's mind at a crucial moment — during sex. Smart, provocative, subtle, and erotic, each story is a many faceted gem. Butler dazzles and entertains as he channels the most intimate thoughts of 50 couples, including:
  • Adam & Eve
  • Bonnie & Clyde
  • Pocahontas & John Smith
  • Richard Milhous Nixon & Pat Nixon
  • Walt Whitman & Oscar Wilde
  • Elvis Presley & Holly Singleton (admirer)
  • Princess Diana & Prince Charles
  • William Jefferson Clinton & Hillary Diane Rodham
  • Santa Claus & Ingebirgitta (elf)

Review:

"Butler moves from death monologues (Severance) to little death monologues in this provocative collection of brief pieces that imagine what goes on in the minds of copulating couples. Many of the voices represent legendary romances, such as that of Napoleon and Josephine (she fantasizes about her lover the hussar while he resolves to shoot her annoying dog); William Shakespeare and the earl of Southampton ('I am pen and I am ink and I am his words'); and Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker ('it don't take me more than about three seconds... to know she's the one'). Adam lies with Eve after naming all things in nature, and Abe and Mary Todd Lincoln bed uncompanionably. There's J. Edgar Hoover and Clyde Tolson (thinks Tolson: 'little did they know the truth about this great and powerful man'), Bobby Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe, Robert Olen Butler and a Saigon hotel clerk (CNN is 'muted on the TV screen'), and George and Laura Bush (he is 'the guy who can whip your ass'). Butler seals the deal with crystalline prose, a dark imagination and some moments of light camp. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Jack, 65, builder, often a Muse.

Jane, 58, writer, often amused.

In their bed in the house that Jack built.

Jack: What are you reading?

Jane: "Intercourse."

Jack: What is that? Is it a novel?

Jane: I can't tell. It's cute: 50 short monologues, in pairs, from various... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

About the Author

Robert Olen Butler, recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for his short-story collection A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, is the author of many lauded works of fiction. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.

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siwila, September 15, 2008 (view all comments by siwila)
The title is nice.The book is good and is a must read for all interested in intercourse and people like pastors/preachers, Parents, Marriage counselors, HIV/AIDS Counsellers/activists, and many more
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780811863575
Subtitle:
Stories
Author:
Butler, Robert Olen
Publisher:
Chronicle Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Celebrities
Subject:
Sex (psychology)
Subject:
Short stories
Copyright:
Publication Date:
July 2008
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
216
Dimensions:
7.30x6.06x.81 in. .72 lbs.

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Product details 216 pages Chronicle Books - English 9780811863575 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Butler moves from death monologues (Severance) to little death monologues in this provocative collection of brief pieces that imagine what goes on in the minds of copulating couples. Many of the voices represent legendary romances, such as that of Napoleon and Josephine (she fantasizes about her lover the hussar while he resolves to shoot her annoying dog); William Shakespeare and the earl of Southampton ('I am pen and I am ink and I am his words'); and Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker ('it don't take me more than about three seconds... to know she's the one'). Adam lies with Eve after naming all things in nature, and Abe and Mary Todd Lincoln bed uncompanionably. There's J. Edgar Hoover and Clyde Tolson (thinks Tolson: 'little did they know the truth about this great and powerful man'), Bobby Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe, Robert Olen Butler and a Saigon hotel clerk (CNN is 'muted on the TV screen'), and George and Laura Bush (he is 'the guy who can whip your ass'). Butler seals the deal with crystalline prose, a dark imagination and some moments of light camp. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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