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Be Mine

By Author Laura Kasischke

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Format: Paperback, 302 pages
Other Information: black & white illustrations
Published In: United States, 03 December 2007
On Valentine s Day, Sherry finds an anonymous note in her mailbox: be mine. As the notes continue, Sherry becomes more and more charged by the idea that she can inspire such feelings. Her twenty-year marriage is routine and she feels old, aimless, and empty now that her son is in college. When she discovers who her admirer is, she begins a wildly passionate affair with him. But her son s childhood friend is witness to the affair, her best friend is strangely silent, and her husband is playing a disturbing game of titillation and encouragement. Soon events spiral out of Sherry s control, threatening not only her marriage but also her son and her home. This deeply erotic thriller explores how little we know ourselves and those we live with and what we risk when we step away from our social personas and allow passion to control our lives. "

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A little note left in her mailbox on Valentine's Day sends empty-nester Sherry down the path to a wild affair that almost wrecks her life. Reading group guide available. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

It all starts with an anonymous Valentine's Day love note that Sherry Seymour, a Michigan community college English teacher and recent empty-nester, finds in her school mailbox. Mystified and flattered, Sherry lets her husband, Jon, in on the notes as they accumulate, resulting in a dramatic uptick in their sex life that advances in kinkiness after Sherry's son's friend tips off Sherry about the alleged identity of the note writer. An affair ensues, aided by Sherry's rental of an apartment near school (to avoid the commute between campus and the Seymour home in the country) and Jon's encouragement (her trysts excite him). But Sherry's life begins to spin out of control as she becomes more entangled with her possessive lover and learns who really wrote the notes. However, the tension Kasischke (The Life Before Her Eyes) cleverly builds throughout the narrative collapses at the book's climax, when Sherry and Jon are drawn into the aftermath of an accidental death. Save for the far-fetched ending, Kasischke has proven herself again to be a bold chronicler of dark obsession. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

"Kasischke has proven herself again to be a bold chronicler of dark obsession." "Kasichke (The Life Before Her Eyes, 2001, etc.) aims towards tragedy, using delicate, elegant prose to expose the psychological and moral rot that can lie beneath the most normal facade. She gets rights to the core...emotionally wrenching." "What makes this erotic thriller disturbing and, therefore, successful is how convincingly Kasischke renders Sherry's life and feelings so eerily normal and familiar, ensuring the unsettling portents are all but unnoticed until it is too late." "The first two-thirds of Be Mine are the most effective, as Kasischke makes the reader feel Sherry's aging female awkwardness acutely enough to identify with her descent into wanton lust. When Sherry's stand-up husband, Jon, unveils a kinky side that goads his wife into the arms of another man, Kasischke's careful set-up makes this outrageous turn of events seem entirely plausible." "If there is any justice in the world, Laura Kasischke will soon be as big as Alice Sebold, she of The Lovely Bones, that haunting book that burned through smart women's book clubs. Kasischke's novels are as beautifully written and as daring in their subjects." PRAISE FOR LAURA KASISCHKE "We are both shocked and transported by the author s potent and poetic storytelling."--Elle "[Kasischke] takes on deep matters of life and death; conscience and consciousness; family, love and friendship."--Los Angeles Times" PRAISE FOR LAURA KASISCHKE "We are both shocked and transported by the author s potent and poetic storytelling."--"Elle" "[Kasischke] takes on deep matters of life and death; conscience and consciousness; family, love and friendship."--"Los Angeles Times"" PRAISE FOR LAURA KASISCHKE"We are both shocked and transported by the author s potent and poetic storytelling."--"Elle" "[Kasischke] takes on deep matters of life and death; conscience and consciousness; family, love and friendship."--"Los Angeles Times" " PRAISE FOR LAURA KASISCHKE "We are both shocked and transported by the author's potent and poetic storytelling."--"Elle" "[Kasischke] takes on deep matters of life and death; conscience and consciousness; family, love and friendship."--"Los Angeles Times" PRAISE FOR LAURA KASISCHKE "We are both shocked and transported by the author's potent and poetic storytelling."--"Elle" "[Kasischke] takes on deep matters of life and death; conscience and consciousness; family, love and friendship."--"Los Angeles Times"

EAN: 9780156033831
ISBN: 0156033836
Publisher: Harvest Books
Dimensions: 20.22 x 14.07 x 1.96 centimetres (0.29 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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