A Four-Sided Bed

A Four-Sided Bed

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by Elizabeth Searle
     
 

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Seldom has the subject of multiple sexual relationships been written about with such grace, depth, and passion as by Elizabeth Searle in A Four-Sided Bed. Alice and JJ are in love, and it's Alice's first time. Amid their tender revelations of intimacy, JJ's former stint in a mental institution comes to light, as well as his sexual relationships with Bird, a young

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Seldom has the subject of multiple sexual relationships been written about with such grace, depth, and passion as by Elizabeth Searle in A Four-Sided Bed. Alice and JJ are in love, and it's Alice's first time. Amid their tender revelations of intimacy, JJ's former stint in a mental institution comes to light, as well as his sexual relationships with Bird, a young woman, and with Kin, who Alice later learns is a man. It was a three-way love that saved his life. When Bird and Kin reenter JJ’s and Alice's life — Kin now living with AIDS — Alice must redefine the meaning and the boundaries of love.

Editorial Reviews

Seattle Times
“Searle's prose is lyrical; even the rhythm of her sentences captures the hesitation and isolating loneliness of her characters. She infuses the novel with a tangible sadness and longing, a longing within each of her characters for a fuller life, a life that comes without the necessity of reinvention…the book provides a moving meditation on love and loyalty…”
Booklist Booklist
“Bending gender and conventional notions about love and marriage, Searle’s bold, beautiful book reaches right past the sensationalism of a love triangle to offer us and intense and moving portrait of the different ways people can connect…”
New York Times
“In clipped, poetic language, Searle skillfully unwinds a psychosexual narrative about the power of unresolved longing and the damage the past can do to the present…”
Kirkus Reviews
“A powerful unsettling first novel…what makes Searle’s work stand out is her relentless scrutiny of even the smallest events and gestures, the way in which she believably locates…the specifics of character…A bright, distinctive, haunting debut…”
Library Journal
“There are passages of surreal beauty and genuine emotion…”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013651227
Publisher:
PFP
Publication date:
08/27/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
390
File size:
355 KB

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Searle is the author of four books of fiction and two dramatic works. These include the novels A Four-Sided Bed and Girl Held in Home and the story collections My Body To You (an Iowa Short Fiction prize winner) and Celebrities in Disgrace. Theatrical productions include Tonya and Nancy the Opera.
Searle teaches at Stonecoast MFA and lives with her husband and son in Massachusetts. For additional information, please visit www.elizabethsearle.net

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A Four-Sided Bed 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never read a love story like this one- an intense menage a trois from one man's past continues to haunt him. When his partners in this true and unusual love affair contact him from the past, his wife begins to learn about his secret life and love and why he has to see these two lovers 'one more time.' The writing here delves into the characters and makes you care. I would recommend this to book clubs looking to discuss gender bending love and more; also to readers who like erotic writing done with well-developed characters and literary flair. Haunting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book because the NYT said this author wrote a 'miniature masterpiece' (Celebrities in Disgrace) this book lived up to my expectations and surprised me too. It describes a unique love 'triangle' between a menage a trois and the wife of one member of the trio. It's sexy it's intense it rocks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have never read a book like this before. That involved homosexuals and was pretty graphic with sexuality. In a way it made me more mature, it helped me grow alittle. I read this when I was 16 and at the time I didn't understand a lot of things, including homosexuals. But after reading this book, I still don't understand them but I do accept them. It was a pretty good book to read at least once.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I hung in there with this book as long as I could. After a couple weeks of forcing myself here and there to pick it back up, I finally was fed up with it and ripped it to shreads!