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Book: Trompe-l'oeil by Russell Bittner

Book: Trompe-l'oeil by Russell Bittner

categories: Book, Contemporary Romance, Travel, Psychology, Fiction, Europe, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Erotica, Consensual Sex, Literary Erotica


Russell Bittner

Author Russell Bittnerabout this book: The expression "trompe-l'oeil," albeit French, is a term of art and architecture (and gardening!) we use in English to describe what we THINK we see, but don't actually see. In other words, a trompe-l'oeil is an illusion -- in both a literal and a metaphorical sense.

In my novel, TROMPE-l'OEIL, I've described a contemporary romance in which the principal male character discovers that he's passionately -- then obsessively -- in love with an older woman. Their relatively brief fling takes them from NYC to France, Portugal, Italy and Denmark -- then back to NYC.

In the course of their travels, they discover an enormous amount about each other. And yes, much of their discovery is sexual in nature. But while a cursory read of TROMPE-l'OEIL might strike the reader as little more than erotica, sex is merely a vehicle: for him, to fall more deeply in love with her; for her, to try to fill the dark hole of what, in standard psychology, is known as a Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Hence, a "trompe-l'oeil."

One reviewer has described the story as "a roller coaster of a lifetime." And while I'm very flattered by this description, I have to allow each reader the privilege of her or his own reaction.

I would've thought the target-market for this novel was women, ages 25 - 45, at least college-educated. I'm finding out, however, that the novel attracts compliments and rave reviews from readers of both genders, and not necessarily college-educated (even if some of the more discerning reader/reviewers have advanced degrees).

In any case, consider the novel NC-17. Whatever its ultimate mission and message, the content is not meant for adolescents.

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