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Book: Sex and Death in the American Novel by Sarah Martinez

Book: Sex and Death in the American Novel by Sarah Martinez

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Sarah Martinez

Author Sarah Martinezabout this book: Sex and Death in the American Novel is about grief, obsession, literature, sex, life, dance, reading, lust, writers and love.

This book is also my attempt at bravery. In writing it I had to work past all the self-censoring I was doing and moved into trying to be as honest and true to what I was afraid of but really wanted to say. In doing this I opened up so many more aspects of my work. I could say I was pissed at my father and even hated him at times, because I let that barrier down. Knocking down the walls that kept me from writing honestly about sex also opened up the ability to talk about other aspects of my emotional life. This, of course, found its way into my character's experience.

• "Sex, in Sex and Death in the American Novel by Sarah Martinez, is a long, slow, highly spiced meal, a dance, a quest, a search for a lost father in the shape of the lover, a trespass of conventional boundaries, a seeking after freedom and after art."
— Priscilla Long, Author of The Writer's Portable Mentor

• "A worthwhile read for anyone interested in notions of the body, particularly the female body, and its implications on life, love and acceptance without fear."
— Jessica Karbowiak, Author of These Things I Know

• "In Sarah Martinez's novel, Sex and Death in the American Novel--yes, there's homage to Leslie Fiedler in that title--the writer takes risks built on the platform that Jong, Miller, Rice, Acker, de Sade, Bataille laid down, and it is a risk-taking centered in relationships and gender."
— Jack Remick, Author of Gabriella and the Widow, Blood, Terminal Weird and others

• "Sex and Death in the American Novel" is a sometimes irreverent, but completely honest look at grief and sexuality from a woman's perspective (men will appreciate it for the understanding that it can bring)."
— Michael J. Mccormack, Reviewer

• "Steamy feminist fiction with a literary twist…"
— Lisa Beliveau, Reviewer

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