Author: Abha Dawesar
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0143029215
A Manhattan story shot through with sex in all its permutations. This is a novel about gender identities and orientations, a priapic comedy about sexual choice and responsibility. Engaging, unselfconscious of barriers, definitions and changing boundaries, this novel is a coming-of-age of Indian Diaspora writers.
This is not what you would expect from a young South Asian woman, who has made her debut from the perspective of a white, male investment banker exploring his sexuality. With detail and sensitivity, she describes a lifestyle not typically discussed in the South Asian novel.
Having affairs with a husband and a wife was terribly inconvenient.
When we meet André he’s a blank state: a freshly minted 24-year-old college grad…on his first day of work at a Manhattan-based investment bank…Within days he’s seriously buffing the sensuous Nathan, his boss’s boss, and has been seduced by the elegant Sybil, Nathan’s young wife. Before long he’s halfheartedly sleeping with the frumpy office secretary, Marha (eventually getting her pregnant). Along the way her reconnects with levelheaded Madhu, the Indian woman he dated and nearly married in college… In the end, there’s more going on here than a simple, thoroughly enjoyable sex farce… Dawesar has created an intricate, often hilarious story with swift, crisp pose and clean, short sentences which deliver steamy sex scenes, tender family moments, and passages of reflective introspection with equally engaging directness. Its an expressive, impressive debut.
Bisexuality, infidelity, fidelity, love, passion, deception, death, ambition-all of these and so much more are packed into…this breeze-to-read, funny and serious as hell novel… a damn fine read.
What Dawesar has created here is … a story which shrewdly explores sexual dependency…it is an adventurous read -Instinct