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Raptureby Susan Minot
Synopses & Reviews
Four years after her critically acclaimed novel Evening, Susan Minot gives us a new work of startling intimacy and precision.
Using a single interlude — a brief encounter of old lovers; two bodies entwined on a bed at midday — Minot defines the distance that erupts at what seems to be the height of connection, as well as the extent to which the senses deceive, and the intensely private eroticism of fantasy and the imagination. Minot's lovers are mesmerizing in their individual journeys — one moving toward a kind of holy consummation, the other toward abnegation and blank despair. This is the wayward history of their efforts to make contact with each other while deluding themselves about the nature of the contact they're making. Graphic, erotic, provocative, Rapture is a meditation on romantic love, sex, and their reflections in the life of the mind.
"A loose and discursive novella by Minot, who manages here to ramble on a pretty good ways in remarkably few pages." Kirkus Reviews
"Rapture is a provacative and sensuous novella, a 114-page literary flourish...[Minot's] language has a muscular swagger uncommon in fiction by women, and her characters have peculiar opacities more typical of novels of another era. What makes Rapture utterly contemporary is the absence of true romance at its cold, cold heart." Vogue
An erotic, provocative study of romantic love, human sexuality, and their reflections in the life of the mind focuses on a brief sexual encounter between two former lovers, each engaged on their own individual journeys through life. By the author of Evening. 60,000 first printing.
Minot captures a moment in time, two former lovers briefly reuniting.
About the Author
Susan Minot wrote the novels Evening, Folly, and Monkeys, as well as the short story collection Lust and Other Stories. She lives in New York City and Maine.
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