Gangsters

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Gangsters is a bold and beautifully crafted tale of adultery and erotic obsession. Its lovers are Nicole, an observant Jew who teaches Bible studies at a New York college, and Tom, an architect and a devout Christian. They meet clandestinely in an empty apartment where they abandon themselves to passionate - sometimes perverse - eroticism, and where they create a guilt-ridden but irresistible world. Theology is the lovers' private code, a shared love-talk, tender but lethal as a weapon. Armed with Scripture, ...
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1996 Hardcover Good Connecting readers with great books since 1972. Used books may not include companion materials, some shelf wear, may contain highlighting/notes, and may not ... include cd-rom or access codes. Customer service is our top priority! Read more Show Less

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Octavo, hardcover, fine in near fine pictorial dj. 247 pgs. Author's first novel. says Stephen Dixon "as fiery, fearless, disturbing, and offbeat a portrayal of doomed lovers as ... I've read in years. "-Jewish/ Christian, unorthodox relationship. A story of adultery and erotic obsession. Read more Show Less

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1996 Hardcover Very good () A brilliant and beautifully crafted tale of adultery and erotic obsession, Gangsters is a thinking person's Damage, a more complex Last Tango in ... Paris. Gangsters is a strikingly original novel about the ways in which men and women connect. The book offers a view of love and sex that is tough-minded, edgy and often unsettling, but always honest." All orders are shipped by kbooks every business day. Read more Show Less

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Gangsters is a bold and beautifully crafted tale of adultery and erotic obsession. Its lovers are Nicole, an observant Jew who teaches Bible studies at a New York college, and Tom, an architect and a devout Christian. They meet clandestinely in an empty apartment where they abandon themselves to passionate - sometimes perverse - eroticism, and where they create a guilt-ridden but irresistible world. Theology is the lovers' private code, a shared love-talk, tender but lethal as a weapon. Armed with Scripture, religious but in crucial ways amoral, willing to risk everything for their illicit bond, they become sexual outlaws - gangsters - dangerous to others, and to themselves. The novel unfolds in quickly shifting scenes that are variously lyrical, brutal, erotic, and elegant. It is as truthful to the dense daily domesticity of middle-class marriage - school schedules, orthodontia bills, shopping lists - as it is to the seductive Promised Land that beckons outside it. Domestic love is as fully explored as the high passions and painful dilemmas of adultery. In strikingly original ways, Gangsters shows the damage men and women can do to each other when - especially when - they love each other most.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The volatile combination of sex and religion provides the high-octane fuel for Zimroth's lurid, erotic, at times overwrought debut novel, which tells of a kinky affair between a Jewish academic and a Christian architect that ends tragically. Narrator Nicole Wolfe teaches comparative literature at a Manhattan college and cheats regularly on her husband, David, a well-known documentary filmmaker. The new object of her affections is a once-famous architect, Tom, whom she meets through a university colleague. The two quickly begin a manipulative, obsessive liaison that threatens the stability of each. Discussions of religious duties and responsibilities intensify the eroticism of their trysts, and while Tom's estrangment from his wealthy wife poses few problems, Nicole begins to panic when her family almost learns of the blatant affair. The story suffers long lulls as Zimroth, herself an academic who teaches English at City University in New York, substitutes sex scenes for genuine plot movement, but the ending is worth the wait, a genuine shocker stemming from another assignation that backfires, shaking Nicole to her core. Ultimately, Zimroth's description of the emotional pull of a desperate sexual passion strikes effective, if rather portentous, emotional chords that are ably counterpointed by her intellectual awareness of the rocky moral ground that threatens to fissure beneath the two lovers. (Sept.)
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Tom and Nicole, the adulterous protagonists in this first novel, consider themselves to be sexual outlawsamoral gangstersdangerous to themselves and to those they betray. Having fallen instantly in love, Nicole, an observant Jew and professor of biblical studies, and Tom, a devout Christian architect, wile away their time together in an empty Manhattan apartment, copulating and discussing weighty questions of religion and morality. The novel is written in a series of short scenes, setting the affair against a backdrop of ordinary family life (for Nicole) and personal and professional failure (for Tom). Readers who can persevere through the pages of Nicole's ridiculous protestations of religiosity will find a novel peopled with well-drawn, albeit unpleasant characters, whose behavior reveals occasional insights into the mysteries of love's beginnings and ends. For larger fiction collections.Nancy Pearl, Washington Ctr. for the Book, Seattle
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An idealized attempt at kinky eroticism, laced liberally with theology, puts two adulterers in an empty Manhattan apartment where they can moan and shudder, then reflect on love and sin, in CUNY professor Zimroth's oddly dispassionate debut.

When Jewish Nicole, a philandering professor with a taste for quirky and dirty sex in between classes and carpooling her kids to school, meets Christian Tom, an architect on the skids who still keeps up appearances with his silver-tipped walking stick, the attraction is immediate and mutual. To the dismay of Jules, Nicole's colleague who introduced them, and who is long accustomed to enjoying stand-up quickies with her himself, the two begin to have long lunches together at Tom's favorite restaurant, where they discuss everything from Leviticus to sainthood while he tests her pain threshold under the table. Eventually, Nicole hands over the keys to a departed friend's apartment, and they retreat to its bare floors to get naked, drink wine, and explore ways to overcome Tom's impotence. This soulmate brand of intimacy, while apparently genuine, isn't enough to prevent them from lying shamelessly to each other, though; Tom even manages to steal Nicole's Mastercard in a way that makes her think her husband, a cash-strapped documentary-film producer, is the culprit. But it's Jules who gives their liaison the ultimate deconstructive twist when, in a funk over life, his wife, and Nicole, he—well, best leave it unsaid for now—on his living-room couch when Nicole still refuses to take him seriously after he's met her over coffee to tell her of his plan.

Much of this is about as titillating as a Dead Sea Scroll, and far less credible, but there are hints of greater storytelling ability in the climax, as matters move from dalliance and duplicity to the basics of life and death.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517703090
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/9/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.77 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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