New PDF release: Alternatives to Sex: A Novel

By Stephen McCauley

ISBN-10: 0743453190

ISBN-13: 9780743453196

Boston genuine property agent William Collins is familiar with that his behavior are slipping uncontrolled. because of obsessive-compulsive day-by-day cleansing binges and a penchant for nightly on-line cruising for hookups, he unearths his revenues figures slipping regardless of a booming industry. There's additionally his ongoing fight to assemble the hire from his passive-aggressive tenant and his concerns approximately his ally, Edward, whom he's definitely not in love with. simply as he comes to a decision to deal with his existence, he meets Charlotte and Samuel, filthy rich suburbanites searching for the ideal urban residence. "Happy couple," he writes in his notes. "Maybe i will be able to research whatever from them." What he eventually discovers demanding situations his personal assumptions approximately genuine property, love, and wish; and what they study from him could resolve a budding friendship, let alone a truly promising sale.
choked with crackling discussion introduced by means of a stellar ensemble of gamers, Alternatives to Sex is a great, hilarious chronicle of lifestyles in post-traumatic, morally ambiguous the US -- the place the need to do sturdy is continually being tripped up by way of the necessity to believe reliable. right away.

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It was a longhead, naked and standing on a velvet couch. He was holding a candle which he moved slowly from right to left, tipping it over just enough to let a few globs of wax fall to the floor with each movement. ” Tommy got closer to the window and Jake then followed. Red Henry turned around in his chair. 44 “Well, would you look at that? ” Red Henry chuckled. Jake looked wide-eyed at him. “What do you mean? ” “A snapping turtle. Thing must have been a foot long. That guy was just holding it by its feet, dangling it over the floor.

Tommy threw his hands up. The car jerked to the right. He put his hands back on the wheel. “And you RAN out? Jesus Christ…” JORDAN KRALL “I’ve been in those situations before, I know what that fucking means. I’m not a complete idiot, you know. ” Jake looked at Tommy, waiting for an acknowledgement. Tommy kept his eyes on the road, careful not to get into an accident on the snowy, congested streets. ” As it came out of his mouth, he realized that his tone betrayed the message even though he believed that statement whole-heartedly.

Tommy held his hand up. ” He kept walking. Once they got to the door, they could hear the low thump of music, like a rapid heartbeat through the walls. ” Jake asked. “Gambling. Been here once, years ago with Joe Gurney. ” He opened the door and walked slowly in, cigarette smoke confronting them like a cloud. Through the smoke, they saw five tables set up in a circle each with a different casino game being played. In the middle of the circle was a small stage where tall, skinny women gyrated. All of the dancers were dressed in cowgirl outfits and wore Barbara Stanwyck masks, obviously the same ones that Jake and Tommy passed up at the ticket booth.

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