Synopses & Reviews
Jill Nelson, bestselling author of "Volunteer Slavery" and "Straight, No Chaser," has written a steamy and uproarious debut novel that tells the story of Lydia and Acey, two childhood friends who've grown up to become successful midcareer professionals. But their career success is matched by their romantic and sexual frustrations. One night, dissecting their dissatisfactions over a bottle of wine, they concoct a plan: why not develop a business that discreetly supplies handsome black men willing and able to serve the sexual needs of black women?
Thus is born the idea for Sexual Healing -- a "full--service" spa aimed at meeting all of black women's intimate desires. Launching the enterprise is a struggle, but the conflict is just beginning: even as their delighted customer base grows, they face a firestorm of attacks from hostile media, grandstanding church leaders and other outraged parties.
From the most dignified black church in Oakland to sex-positive small-town Nevada, from the racks of Loehmann's to the skyscraping executive suites of San -Francisco, "Sexual Healing "is a page-turning comedy of outraged manners, a blistering satire on American gender and race relations, and a sexually frank exploration of what women really want. Jill Nelson unleashes the storytelling abandon that captivated readers of Volunteer Slavery and gives it full rein in what's sure to be one of the hottest books of 2003.
Praise for Jill Nelson:
"Nelson's voice is boisterous, honest and hilarious." -- Terry McMillan
"Scalding, candid, mordantly funny." -- "Boston Globe"
"Tumultuous, funny and ultimately wrenching. . . . And no target is off limits." -- "Detroit Free Press"
Jill Nelson isthe author of the bestselling "Volunteer Slavery "(Noble, 1993), which won an American Book Award, and "Straight, No Chaser "(Putnam, 1997), and the editor of the anthology "Police Brutality" (Norton, 1999). She is a regular contributor to the "Village Voice" and MSNBC.com, among other publications. She teaches at the City College of New York and lives in Manhattan.
"[A] wickedly funny first novel....Nelson has fun with her mischievous conceit, and there are more than a few hilarious scenes....[A] great read...and a standout in the genre of African-American popular fiction." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"This book will satisfy the appetites of Zane-addicted readers and titillate others as long as they don't take Nelson too seriously." Patricia Elam, The Washington Post Book World
"[A] debut novel that is both funny and sensual....Nelson tackles the political, cultural, and sensual facets of female sexuality in an upbeat and funny tale." Lillian Lewis, Booklist
"Jill Nelson's Sexual Healing revises the representation of the sexuality of African-American women as dramatically as Zora Neale Hurston did in her classic novel Their Eyes Were Watching God." Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
"[R]iotously funny....Squirmingly explicit sex scenes featuring creative libidinous fantasies will sell this book despite its blatantly improbable plot and an overemphasis on detail." Library Journal
"The must-have summer read...a post-feminist fable of sexual empowerment that's smart, explicit, and side-splittingly funny." Ebony
"Jill Nelson takes on the world's oldest profession and sexual politics not only flipping the script, but turning it inside out." Savoy
"Aimed at readers who enjoy hearing the straight-up truth about sex, and can handle characters who are as real as their closest friends." New Orleans Times-Picayune
"An African-American Fear of Flying, minus the planes and psychobabble." Newcity
Now available in paperback the steamy and uproarious publishing sensation of Summer 2003, soon to be a major motion picture.
Sexual Healing tells the story of Lydia and Acey, two childhood friends from Oakland who've grown up to become successful, fortysomething professionals. They concoct a plan: why not pool their talents to develop a business that supplies handsome, safe men trained to serve the sexual needs of black women?
From the most dignified black church in Oakland to sex-positive, small-town Nevada, from the racks of Loehmann's to the skyscraping executive suites of San Francisco, Sexual Healing is a page-turning comedy of outraged manners; a blistering satire of American gender, race, and economic relations; and a sexually frank exploration of what women really want.
Nelson creates a blistering satire of gender, race and economic relations with this steamy, uproarious story of two professional fortysomething pals who decide to start a highly specialized escort service for black women.
The steamy and uproarious publishing sensation of the summer of 2003Qsoon to be a major motion pictureQis now in paperback. "[A] post-feminist fable of sexual empowerment that's smart, explicit, and sidesplittingly funny."
Now in paperback, the critically acclaimed Essence bestseller is a blistering satire of American gender, race, and economic relations. Sexual Healing starts by exploring a simple if sensational premisewhat would happen if two black businesswomen started a brothel that served up male sex workers hired and trained to meet black womens most intimate needs? Jill Nelson uses this set-up as an opportunity to spin a comedy of outrageous manners for the 21st century in her inimitably uninhibited voice. The result is what Ebony called, A post-feminist fable of sexual empowerment thats smart, explicit, and side-splittingly funny.”
About the Author
Jill Nelson is the author of Volunteer Slavery, which won an American Book Award, and Straight, No Chaser.