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Still Life with Husband

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In the middle of the night I don’t know who he is, this man lying next to me, his leg brushing against my leg, arm draped over my hip. And that’s when I want him. I keep my eyes closed and turn toward him, stroking him softly, fingers skimming over his chest, his thighs, feathery touches light enough to wake up just the parts that matter. He responds, and we both know what to do, how not to talk, not even to whisper, letting our bodies move together in the dark. This is a man I picked up in a bar; this is a man whose name I don’t know; this is searing, anonymous sex with a stranger, and I’m using all of my senses and none of my heart. He rolls on top of me, heavy and hard, not kissing, hot hands all over me. I grab a condom from my night table and hand it to him.

“Emily,” he whispers, crashing rudely into my dream, breaking the rules of 2:00 a.m. sex. “Please?”

“No,” I say, my eyes still closed, arching toward him now in spite of myself. “Shhh.” I know what he wants, and I’m not prepared to give it to him.

“Baby,” he breathes, and I open my eyes to the face of my husband hovering over mine, earnest and needy, the man I have known since college, the man I share a bathroom with, the man who cried during Little Women, who thinks I don’t know that he plucks his nose hairs, who’s afraid of raisins because they remind him of mouse droppings. “Baby,” he whispers again, and I sigh, fully here now, fully awake and resigned to it. And this is how we finish, knowing everything about each other, completely together, naked and silent and half-satisfied in the middle of the night.Copyright © 2007 by Lauren Fox

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307267344
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf
Subject:
Fiction-General
Author:
Fox, Lauren
Author:
Lauren Fox
Subject:
Fiction : General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Adultery
Subject:
Marriage
Subject:
Humor : General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20070206
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
257

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Still Life with Husband
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Product details 257 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307267344 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Meet Emily Ross, thirty years old, married to her college sweetheart, and personal advocate for cake at breakfast time.

Meet Emily's husband, Kevin, a sweet technical writer with a passion for small appliances and a teary weakness for Little Women.

Enter David, a sexy young reporter with longish floppy hair and the kind of face Emily feels the weird impulse to lick.

In this captivating novel of marriage and friendship, Lauren Fox explores the baffling human heart and the dangers of getting what you wish for.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

"Synopsis" by , Happily married to her college sweetheart, Kevin, and working as a freelance writer and assistant editor at Male Reproduction, Emily Ross enjoys her leisurely coffee breaks with her friend Meg, during which she meets David, with whom she embarks on an impulsive but intense love affair. A first novel. 35,000 first printing.
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