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Barry Hannah Long, Last, Happy
Long, Last, Happy

“Barry Hannah is the best fiction writer to appear in the South since Flannery O’Connor.”
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Behind Closed Doors By Alina Reyes,
Translated from the French by David Watson

The Butcher and Other Erotica By Alina Reyes,
Translated from the French by David Watson
“With this novel Alina Reyes confirms her place among the greatest contemporary authors of erotic literature.” —Top Femme (Paris)
Satisfaction
An Erotic Novel
By Alina Reyes
Translated from the French by David Watson
Grove Press
978-0-8021-4146-0 • $12.00 • Paperback • Aug. 2004
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The new novel from the internationally best-selling author of The Butcher and Behind Closed Doors is a breathless tale of a married couple determined to restore the youthful passion to their sex life

Alina Reyes is one of France’s most popular erotic novelists, renowned for fashioning sumptuous prose out of a carnivalesque scene with a cameo from Batman, or a corpulent butcher’s dirty fantasies. Satisfaction, her new novel, is an equally witty, fearless, and playful take on contemporary sexual mores and the normalization of “kink.”

A typical suburban American couple, Babe and Bobby have been married for several years and are dismayed that their sex life no longer thrills them. But when Babe spies on her husband in the garage, pleasuring another woman on the hood of his vintage Cadillac, she becomes highly aroused. She tries to catch the “mistress” leaving, to no avail. Instead, in the trunk of the car, Babe finds a life-size doll whose resemblance to a real woman is astonishing, and, taking Bobby’s sex toy for her own, Babe finds all of her repressed desires coming vigorously back to life.

With language that is energetic, visual, and powerful, this brazen and original work confirms Alina Reyes as one of the most potent erotic novelists of our time.
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