Don Juan in the Village: A Novel

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From the lesbian bars of New York City to the back streets of Fez, from the S&M scene in Los Angeles to the calm ocean depths off a Caribbean island, the heroine of Don Juan in the Village is ever on the prowl. In search of the longed-for, idealized lover, she finds instead a series of wrenching, sometimes hilarious encounters with an array of women, among them a movie star, a moroccan prostitute, and a high school dropout who works as a grocery store clerk. Hip, sardonic, yet painfully self-conscious and often deluded, she is convinced that no matter where she goes or whom she is with, she is doomed to perpetual solitude and estrangement.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In these 14 tales of lesbian relationships, journalist and novelist ( Real Estate ) DeLynn brings a distinctive, eloquent and discerning voice--by turns diffident, bold, self-mocking, biting--to the universal quandaries of love. The stories make the rounds of bars in Morocco, Ibiza, Puerto Rico or Greenwich Village, affording a kind of cultural/erotic tour of women in different societies. Bars themselves acquire significance as places of self-knowledge and a necessary sadness, where one might learn ``magic words.'' Funny and wry, ``Fame'' tells how the narrator, a writer, lures a famed film actress back to her pad and seduces her, meanwhile worrying about how the bathroom looks and, in her nervous exhilaration, feeling like Woody Allen, Norman Mailer, Donald Trump. ``Night Diving'' contrasts the mystique and dangers of scuba diving with an unsatisfactory seduction on a Caribbean holiday. ``The Duchess of L.A.'' is a spoof of the S/M scene. Sexual descriptions are explicit, the literary quality is high. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299190040
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
The Waif 3
Puerto Rico 17
Iowa 34
Ibiza 57
A Night on the Town 70
Padova 90
Key West 104
The Duchess of L.A. 133
Caroline 152
Morocco 164
Fame 177
Night Diving 193
Butch 223
Epilog: 1988 235
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