By Binnie Kirshenbaum
Brazen and given to transgressions, the narrator of this mordantly witty novel is an aloof, tricky speaking, married ny lady who incorporates on 3 affairs concurrently, blithely breaking seven of the 10 Commandments in her look for a secure position to land. Rootless, bouncing from mattress to mattress, she is aware she is natural of middle. If purely she may possibly locate the place her center bought misplaced. Irreverent and achingly sincere, she issues to the small yet infinitely deep cracks in our mask, drawing the reader into her global of misadventure -- erotic, comedian, and deeply unsettling. Juggling 4 males -- her husband, "the hit man," "the multimedia artist," and "the love of her lifestyles" -- she cannot make a decision even if she is out to end up or disprove the Talmudic knowledge: should you do not know the place you are going, any street will take you there.
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I ask. “It’s morning. ” “Yes,” the youngest sister concedes. ” Girl parties are what we had when we were eleven, twelve years old, prior to blossoming into puberty. Such parties ended when boys, at last, became a reality in the flesh. However, girl parties were revived, occasionally, in college dormitories. Wearing our slobbiest clothes, gone-to-seed nymphs, we lounged around eating pizza, M&Ms, Pepperidge Farm cookies in repulsive quantities, drinking fortified wine from waxed Dixie cups. We talked about boys and sex, but danced with each other.
Another thing about wine and ice cream for breakfast is how we get tipsy in no time flat. The leftover ice cream melts in the tub as we sprawl out on the floor, on the couch, draped over a chair like last night’s clothing. ” “Not funny,” the middle one shakes her head. The youngest, the most sensitive of the three, is pained by the rejection of her idea, so I aim to soothe her. “You’re on to something,” I say. ” The middle sister wants to dial numbers at random, pant, breathe heavy, grunt into ears unknown.
The truth is: He is the love of my life. But when I confess that I love him, he chastises me for telling falsehoods. No matter how urgently I insist I love him madly, completely, he won’t believe me. He hasn’t the strength to believe me. Whatever allotment of strength he’s got left, he uses to keep going, to go on. ” Sometimes a lie catches up with you. Because of him, I am much like the Jewish nun I once purported to be. My marriage to him is not consummated. The adoration is manifested in spirit only.