“Intense. . . . The Story of O comes to mind, as do Anaïs Nin’s perfervid fantasies. But Frei’s gritty little sexual story gets under your skin and nags away at you. . . . [A] very accomplished performance.”Kirkus Reviews
Your Name Written on Water
978-0-8021-3648-0 • $15.00 • Paperback • Oct. 1999
Your Name Written on Water, winner of an international contest for erotic literature in Spanish and a bestseller in Spain, is a startling and charged exploration of desire and narcissism that reads like Carole Maso's Aureole with a twist of The Story of O. Sofia works in a gallery in Madrid, the young wife of an architect whose love for her has hardened into a passionate and destructive resentment. Her life is transformed when one afternoon, by chance, she spends her lunch hour at a public pool outside the city. There she meets Marina, a woman who is her doppelganger. They are immediately drawn together - so powerfully that Sofia feels it all may be a trick of her fevered mind - and together they forge a love that is tender as well as passionate, with an intimacy that is almost eerie. When Sofia learns Marina is leaving for a job in Rome, she sees the perfect exit from a marriage that has become tyranny. And so they go, twin fugitives after desire - but pursued as well by the specter of danger. Your Name Written on Water is a stunningly accomplished and deeply psychological novel with the charge of an erotic thriller.