By Stephen McCauley
Boston actual property agent William Collins is aware that his behavior are slipping uncontrolled. as a result of obsessive-compulsive day-by-day cleansing binges and a penchant for nightly on-line cruising for hookups, he unearths his revenues figures slipping regardless of a booming industry. There's additionally his ongoing fight to assemble the hire from his passive-aggressive tenant and his concerns approximately his ally, Edward, whom he's definitely not in love with. simply as he makes a decision to deal with his existence, he meets Charlotte and Samuel, filthy rich suburbanites searching for the precise urban condominium. "Happy couple," he writes in his notes. "Maybe i will be able to research anything from them." What he eventually discovers demanding situations his personal assumptions approximately genuine property, love, and hope; and what they study from him may possibly resolve a budding friendship, let alone a really promising sale.
choked with crackling discussion added by way of a stellar ensemble of avid gamers, Alternatives to Sex is a brilliant, hilarious chronicle of lifestyles in post-traumatic, morally ambiguous the United States -- the place the will to do sturdy is consistently being tripped up through the necessity to think strong. straight away.
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At this clearing a woman was traded for a site. It was as if there were a novella by Balzac round every bend. Prospectors now drove up in Airstreams, pulling gas-fuelled dredges to suck up whatever remained on the river bottoms. A century of flooding and storms had knocked loose the gold from the prehistoric beds, sluicing it down into the rivers. Miners in wetsuits were ‘sniping’ the streams, and swam in the underwater darkness holding giant cauldrons of light. Everything about gold was in opposition to Coop’s life on our farm.
He knew that if he walked forward, in the direction the branch pointed, he would hit the fence just above the gate. As he began climbing the angle of the hill, he hung on to that small line of a direction. His body stepped into the fence, and he promised himself when he was on the other side he would sit for a while, rest forever. But when he was over it he kept walking, one hand holding the fence wire, in the direction of their farmhouse. It would be only a hundred yards more. He had no idea who would be there.
The year Claire cut most of her hair and grew more distant, the year I stared out, wild-eyed, everything in me a secret. Why was Coop never in our father’s photographs? There were a few pictures taken of him, but these seemed preoccupied with texture and light. And there were some abstract reflections of him in a window, or of his shadow on the grass or on the flank of an animal. How many things could you throw your image against? In any case, it was Coop who had found us that evening in the barn and had mistaken our identities, who had eventually come over to me and lifted me into his embrace and said, ‘Claire, my god, Claire,’ and I had thought, Then I am not Anna, then that must be Anna over there.
Alternatives to Sex: A Novel by Stephen McCauley