Two novels, two young women at the frontiers of sex.
Like a series of Penthouse letters penned by Kathy Acker, Lie with Me recounts a woman's sexual escapades, picking up random men in bars for a series of increasingly extreme encounters, hoping to understand love from the far side of sluttiness.
In The Way of the Whore, Mira, an introverted Jewish girl obsessed with Jean Genet, allows herself to be seduced by the sex industry, determined to find meaning in her tormented relationships with cruel men.
Tamara Faith Berger's first two novels have been languishing out of print. They were scandalous when they were first published; substantially revised and returned to print, they're just as titillating and troubling now.
"Treading a line between sublime experimentation and unsettling honesty, Little Cat rides a wave of female sexual energy…. 'Please, I want you to stay with me till it's over,' the narrator of Lie With Me begs. With writing this good, it's hard not to." (Quill & Quire)
"Berger's writing is significant, poignant and consciously uncomfortable. Her portrait of female sexuality is daring, original and troubling. Berger's language is crass; this isn't missionary-style 'love-making.' This is dirty, animalistic sex. This is pornography rubbing up against the literary establishment." (Telegraph-Journal)
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Potential spoiled by immature female protagonists
- Jay Em