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by Jane DeLynn

No more jobs, no more taxes, no more checkbook, no more bills, no more credit cards, no more credit, no more money, no more mortgages, no more rent, no more savings, no more junk mail, no more junk, no more mail, no more phones, no more faxes, no more busy signals, no more computers, no more cars, no more drivers' licenses, no more traffic lights, no more airports,


No more jobs, no more taxes, no more checkbook, no more bills, no more credit cards, no more credit, no more money, no more mortgages, no more rent, no more savings, no more junk mail, no more junk, no more mail, no more phones, no more faxes, no more busy signals, no more computers, no more cars, no more drivers' licenses, no more traffic lights, no more airports, no more flying, no more tickets,no more packing, no more luggage, no more supermarkets, no more health clubs...While her "current" spends the summer researching public housing in Stockholm, a moderately wealthy, object-oppressed, and terminally hip New York female of a certain age seeks adventure in the sedate dyke bars of lower Manhattan. Finding none, she answers a personal ad. She is ordered to put on a blindfold before the first meeting with the woman she knows only as "Sir." Not knowing what someone looks like turns out to be freeing, as do the escalating constraints that alienate her not just from her former life, but from her very conception of who she is. Part Georges Bataille, part Fran Leibowitz, this is the Story of O told with a self-referentially perverse sense of humor. Leash extends the logic of S&M to its inexorable and startling conclusion, darkly and hilariously revealing the masochistic impulse as the urge to disappear from the chores, obligations, and emotional vacuity of daily life. First published in 2002.

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"Commandingly abysmal, masterfully observed." Kirkus Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A gay Manhattan writer explores her limits in DeLynn's latest, a surreal tale of submission and degradation that begins when the anonymous narrator's girlfriend takes a hiatus in Sweden, giving her a chance to play. She starts by cruising the local dyke bars, but when boredom sets in she dubs herself "Chris" and answers a personal ad from a "domme" who makes her don a blindfold for her first visit. Despite her fears and doubts, the relationship quickly progresses beyond the normal limits of dominance and submission as Chris is collared, forced into canine sex and then subjected to a wide variety of painful, kinky stimuli. Things get weirder when she is transformed into a "dog" by her "owner"; after leaving her normal life behind, Chris participates in a strange performance in which she is covered in plaster by an audience of her owner's peers. That act leads her into a world where women own each other in the manner of canines, and Chris is forced to leave behind her "mistress" and her old life. DeLynn is an ironic, thoughtful narrator who analyzes the psychological dependence and identity breakdown that can occur in such relationships, although her graphic descriptions will challenge the digestive systems of many readers. But the larger problem is that Chris remains one-dimensional despite DeLynn's brief efforts to flesh out her life as a writer, and that absence of contrast makes the s&m material and the book seem lurid and cartoonish rather than alluring and exotic. (Feb.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The technology of lesbian bondage carried to the limit: Far stronger than DeLynn's Don Juan in the Village (1990), and written with a cool that lacks any shade of porn purple. The storyteller, sometimes called Chris, finds herself at loose ends when "Current" goes off to Stockholm over the summer recess. Curious, but failing to be picked up at West Village S/M bars, she puts a personals in the Village Voice and soon is caught up in a bizarre bondage tie with an anonymous dominatrix who makes "Chris" her slave. Chris goes up to an East Village roof to meet her mysterious new partner, who makes her wear a blindfold, then puts her through some arousing victim poses and mild tortures, without bringing her to climax. Then she must leave. She waits for further contact, which doesn't come. When it does, she's led deeper into bondage and again told to leave, unfulfilled. Really hungry, she writes long letters to "Box 392"-waits-then gets truly drawn in, submitting to the germy tongue of her partner's dog and agreeing to a slave's contract and to wearing a locked metal collar that won't be removed until a week before "Current" returns from Sweden. Chris must spend days on the floor in her apartment, or cuffed to her radiator, and be abased and humiliated, eat and drink from bowls, with no masturbation or even sexual thoughts allowed. No reading, no television, a green plastic pail for a toilet. As meetings go by, the still-blindfolded victim is degraded further, made to swallow urine, a huge dildo, her master's fist, take a black-pepper enema, and be told that this is all being filmed. Worse comes, and she winds up chained, leashed, turned into a dog, fed dog food, made to use a litter box, laterbe auctioned off at a dog show-and all for love. Commandingly abysmal, masterfully observed.

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Semiotexte/Smart Art
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Semiotext(e) / Native Agents
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Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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"Leash is strong, compulsive, gripping reading, as morally complex as transgressive fiction gets. It goes places few—if any—books land, not only in terms of its arousing, sexually explicit candor, but also in its uncomfortable psychological honesty. Wise, provocative and completely absorbing,Leash has the horrifying simplicity of Kafka." Bret Easton Ellis

Meet the Author

Jane DeLynn is the author of Don Juan in the Village, Real Estate, and Some Do.

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Leash 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I started DeLynn's book and was immediately drawn into the main character's cynical and hilarious paradigm. It's hard to locate wit or complex writing, especially in the lesbian market, in which there just aren't as many texts published. I would recommend this book for anyone looking for humor and a fascinating peek into s/m culture. I do not agree that this book is supposed to be lesbian erotica. It's a novel, with complex and interesting characters, who carry out lifestyles and sexual behaviors that lesbians - or anyone - may or may not find erotic (many do, many don't). In short, a fast and intelligent read that kept me thinking, entertained, and laughing. Enjoy it also for the non-traditional binding, font, and general layout.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was featured on an NPR spot one day. I thought it might have some interesting lifestyle, sexual, and comic appeal. Some of the explicit descriptions made me sick. I am still wondering why was this written and how much of this stuff exists as actual fringe culture. It is mostly inhuman and speaks to death oriented aspects of the mind. I keep having strange flashbacks of this person. Read this book if you don't mind being freaked out. Also, this book is supposed to be lesbian erotica. I enjoy straight male erotica, and honestly didn't understand what was going on most of the time. Maybe someone could explain it to me. Have fun, not for kids.