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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



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Staff Pick

Hot sex sears a wide path through this controversial novel's landscape of the male psyche. Destinations include the obvious (lust, money, power), but also those less tangible factors that set a man's course (ambition, failure, meaning, purpose). Provocative and, yes, explicit on several fascinating levels.
Recommended by Mike I, Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

A wealthy father of two deserts his family in order to spend the night in a college girl's dorm room. A CEO visiting his friends' villa feigns a sprained ankle in order to have sex with their teenage daughter. A businessman in Korea has the best sexual experience of his life with a young woman whose true age he never learns.

Traveling deep inside the most forbidden corners of male desire, Girls is a beautifully written novel whose honesty is both breathtaking and shocking. Full of voices that men dare not raise, this serious exploration of libido, identity, and power is also a mind blowing erotic spree.

Review:

"Kelman's blend of Penthouse-grade sexual transgression, Nietzschean bombast and Sinatra-esque rue is a vigorous rendering of a certain...mindset of masculine privilege." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"A brutally seductive picture of some of the most illicit facets of male desire." Nerve

Review:

"The concept of young love takes on a sinister connotation in Kelman's novel, in which men who have reached a certain age and a certain level of wealth pursue women half their age — or younger — with a vampiric lust." New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Preternaturally poised, vastly literate, and sticky with sex, this debut is the work of someone who has read alot....Girls is one of those books that gets its hooks in you from the first sentence." Elle

Review:

"Starting at 18, I was a stripper for six or so years, and can testify with authority that this book is a complete success, artistically and thematically. The Pusan story literally made me cry, and haunts me still. I guess if you've made your living being the fix-it girl for this type of guy, it leaves a lingering mark...just heartbreaking." Lily Burana, author of Strip City

Review:

"[A] disturbing but irresistable first novel...packs a thudding gut punch...just try putting it down." Jonathan Miles writing for Men's Journal

Synopsis:

Selected by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the "Best Books of 2003." The novels' explicit eroticism and its insights into the male psyche are certain to ignite lively discussion in reading groups. A novel that will especially interest readers of Chuck Palahniuk, Nick Hornby, and Jonathan Lethem.

Girls, is an erotic spree, a journey into the most forbidden corners of male desire, a story about men who have been rendered numb by their power, who have sacrificed everything for success, who have lost their souls and can find meaning only by living vicariously, obsessively through young women.

Synopsis:

girls is an erotic spree, a journey into the most forbidden corners of male desire, a story about men who have been rendered numb by their power, who have sacrificed everything for success, who have lost their souls and can find meaning only by living vicariously, obsessively through young women.

About the Author

Kelman holds a BS from MIT in brain and cognitive science and an MFA from Brown University in creative writing. He lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780316155960
Author:
Kelman, Nic
Publisher:
Back Bay Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Erotica - General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Girls; Young women; Middle aged men; Man-woman relationships; Sexual fantasies; May-December romances; Forbidden love; Obsessive love
Publication Date:
20041231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.22x5.52x.64 in. .53 lbs.

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Product details 240 pages Back Bay Books - English 9780316155960 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Hot sex sears a wide path through this controversial novel's landscape of the male psyche. Destinations include the obvious (lust, money, power), but also those less tangible factors that set a man's course (ambition, failure, meaning, purpose). Provocative and, yes, explicit on several fascinating levels.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Kelman's blend of Penthouse-grade sexual transgression, Nietzschean bombast and Sinatra-esque rue is a vigorous rendering of a certain...mindset of masculine privilege." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "A brutally seductive picture of some of the most illicit facets of male desire."
"Review" by , "The concept of young love takes on a sinister connotation in Kelman's novel, in which men who have reached a certain age and a certain level of wealth pursue women half their age — or younger — with a vampiric lust."
"Review" by , "Preternaturally poised, vastly literate, and sticky with sex, this debut is the work of someone who has read alot....Girls is one of those books that gets its hooks in you from the first sentence."
"Review" by , "Starting at 18, I was a stripper for six or so years, and can testify with authority that this book is a complete success, artistically and thematically. The Pusan story literally made me cry, and haunts me still. I guess if you've made your living being the fix-it girl for this type of guy, it leaves a lingering mark...just heartbreaking."
"Review" by , "[A] disturbing but irresistable first novel...packs a thudding gut punch...just try putting it down."
"Synopsis" by , Selected by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the "Best Books of 2003." The novels' explicit eroticism and its insights into the male psyche are certain to ignite lively discussion in reading groups. A novel that will especially interest readers of Chuck Palahniuk, Nick Hornby, and Jonathan Lethem.

Girls, is an erotic spree, a journey into the most forbidden corners of male desire, a story about men who have been rendered numb by their power, who have sacrificed everything for success, who have lost their souls and can find meaning only by living vicariously, obsessively through young women.

"Synopsis" by , girls is an erotic spree, a journey into the most forbidden corners of male desire, a story about men who have been rendered numb by their power, who have sacrificed everything for success, who have lost their souls and can find meaning only by living vicariously, obsessively through young women.
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