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Sex and Death in the American Novel

Sex and Death in the American Novel is available for purchase online at, locally at Parkplace Books in Kirkland, WA and Village Books in Bellingham, WA.

  Sex is a metaphor for the pleasures of reading in my debut novel, set in Seattle.  

    Vivianna Post is the family anomaly.  Daughter of a Pulitzer Prize winner and an academic, she has never quite fit her parents’ expectations as a free-spirited erotica writer.

    When Vivianna encounters the esoteric, award-winning author Jasper Caldwell at a nightclub, all she wants is to blame him for blowing off her brother at a writers’ conference and possibly causing his suicide.  But as the night, and then the weeks, wear on, Vivianna finds herself drawn to Jasper in ways she cannot understand.

   Later, when their differences threaten to pull Vivianna and Jasper apart, Jasper rediscovers Alejandro, an old friend who just might have the power to complete them in every way.

    Using quotes and references to classic erotic and literary icons, Sex and Death in the American Novel is on one level an unconventional romance and on another a discussion of the merits of erotic literature.







Suggested Books for Further Reading:

Leslie A. Fiedler, Love and Death in the American Novel 
Anne Rice, Exit to Eden
Marco Vassi, The Stoned Apocalypse, Gentle Degenerates, A Driving Passion
Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer 
Nicholson Baker, U and I, Vox    
Marquis de Sade, The 120 Days of Sodom


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