Horizontal Woman

  • by Barry Malzberg
  • Narrated by Nicole Valencia
  • 4 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Elizabeth Moore, young, fresh from a posh Ivy League college, has a burning desire to help her welfare clients. The Ultimate Social Worker, she had her own ideas about how to re-acculturate the male members of her case load. But how was she to get her cynical, narrow-minded boss to understand that the rehabilitation of the poor, alienated people can only be achieved through sex therapy?


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This was released by audible on 10/10/12 and up to this point not one person had rated it, meaning no one had probably bought it. I had run into this author in used book stores in the Science Fiction section. This by the way is not Science Fiction, nor Modern Detective or suspense. I not sure were it fits. It is different. I am sure a lot of people think it is a sex book. It has a lot of sex in it, but it is not a sex book. I would consider it to be a satire on the sixties. I grew up at that time, although I was too young to enjoy all the free love that was going on, but I strongly remember educated people talking and acting like this girl. I found it to be humorous in that respect. It seems like the whole nation was going through it's teenage years in the sixties.

This girl has a skewed view on how she can save society, by screwing her poor clients. Since she is a beautiful well educated woman, she is helping them to feel better about themselves, since they are able to screw such a beautiful smart woman. As the story goes on, we see that she is mostly making herself feel better. Often she is screwing married men and she does not understand when their wives don't understand. Once she thinks to herself, as she is screwing an ugly guy, that he will most likely dream about her as he plays with himself ten years down the road. Her father encourages her in her work and her screwing around. He is dropping out of society, but he does need her money. This dropping out of society was a big thing in the sixties. If you did not live through the sixties or are not interested in the sixties you may not like this. I think it is interesting to see what our society was going through.
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- Jim "The Impatient"

Goodread if you like dark and disturbing satire

Listened to this one, thank to the review of Jim "The Impatient", here in audible, otherwise its not likely i would have ran into this authors work.
The Novella, is good, and very well written. It's a satire about pshychological analysis of welfare, and ridicolous attempts of eduated people to re adapt fairness.
The protagonists charachter was very well written (disturbingly well written).
Narration - impacable.
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- Vered

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-10-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios