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As a young adult, she started to turn tricks in the parking lot of the local bar. Not because she needed the money, but because the money made explicit what sex had always been for her, a loveless transaction.
A sadist takes her home to replay family dramas with his beautiful wife, and she becomes hopelessly drawn into their dangerous web, and eventually, ends up in more trouble than she ever bargained for. Arrested and confined to a psyche ward, a therapist is assigned to help her. But instead of treatment, they develop a sexual relationship, bringing her both confusion and revelation.
Heather Lewis was the author of two other novels, House Rules and Second Suspect. In 2002, she took her own life at the age of 40.
"Lewis's third and final novel, published posthumously, is as dark and gritty as her 1994 debut, House Rules. Anonymous sex, drug use and abusive relationships abound in the story of a young prostitute whose real name readers never learn as she operates in a haze of alcohol and drugs, drifting through a series of encounters whose patterns she fails to recognize. Teenaged Nina, as she prefers to be called 'in these situations,' turns tricks in the parking lot of a train station before going home to her absent parents' house. A relationship with a sadomasochistic client, Gabriel, and his wife, Ingrid, eventually leads to Nina's arrest and committal to a psych ward, where she meets Beth, a sympathetic counselor. But the systems designed, in theory, to save Nina do her the most damage, as the police, the guards and Beth all forge sexual relationships with her. Her only escape is back into a world in which Gabriel's malevolent influence and Ingrid's need are unavoidable. Lewis's language is stripped to the bone, with fragmented sentences and an adolescent's vocabulary making this a chilling first-person account of an emotionally anesthetized girl compelled to continue her self-destruction. Searing, graphic and not for the faint of heart, Lewis's novel is a punch to the gut readers will feel long after the shock of its impact has subsided." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
A shocking and highly erotic story of the dangerous side of sexuality.
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