Obsession: An Erotic Tale

Obsession: An Erotic Tale

by Gloria Vanderbilt
     
 

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The marriages of desire . . .

From the multitalented and versatile Gloria Vanderbilt comes a passionate, sensual, witty, and puzzling tale of erotic obsession, beauty, and revenge, told in tandem by two women obsessed with the same man—and, ultimately, with each other.

Talbot Bingham is a renowned architectural genius who,

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The marriages of desire . . .

From the multitalented and versatile Gloria Vanderbilt comes a passionate, sensual, witty, and puzzling tale of erotic obsession, beauty, and revenge, told in tandem by two women obsessed with the same man—and, ultimately, with each other.

Talbot Bingham is a renowned architectural genius who, with his formidable wife, Priscilla, creates an architectural community. When he dies unexpectedly in the middle of their tenth wedding anniversary celebration, the devastated Priscilla is left keeper of the flame of Talbot's genius. Going through her husband's archives, she comes unexpectedly upon a pile of neatly tied letters, and the shocking secret of her husband's intimate life—a discovery that shatters the foundation of her soul and spirit.

Obsession explores the mysteries of the human heart and the nature of sexuality and obsession, provoking questions about whom we choose to love, and why. The reader is left to decide if the other woman represents another facet of Priscilla, or if Priscilla her-self has invented the other woman who completed the world her husband so recently inhabited?

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Editorial Reviews

Joyce Carol Oates
“In her new novel, Gloria Vanderbilt has created a remarkable tapestry of human passion—an interior world of highly charged erotic mysteries that teasingly suggest, but ever elude, decoding. OBSESSION is a poetic tale on the nature of possession and obsession.”
The Daily Beast
“Warmth and zest and cheekiness...OBSESSION is erotica even your grandmother can love.”
Buffalo News
“‘Obsession’...evolves into a clever psychological puzzle...great fun
USA Today
“Leave it to Gloria Vanderbilt to design a sensual novel for the material girl...”
Arizona Republic
“Bee’s letters are carnal, kinky, pulpy, lewd...they’re threatening but enthralling...”
Publishers Weekly
As narrator of her sexually explicit work of fiction, Vanderbilt draws heavily on her polished, almost aristocratic annunciation. This approach seems fitting, given the story line centered on a fabulously wealthy architect's widow named Priscilla, who discovers her late husband's secret relationship with Bee, a kept woman specially trained in the art of erotic pleasure. The text consists mostly of Priscilla's simultaneously indignant and inquisitive reading of the steamy letters between the principals. Vanderbilt's narration keeps the initial plot elements moving efficiently, but once Priscilla takes the step of pursuing a meeting with Bee, it becomes difficult for listeners to distinguish among the characters. An Ecco hardcover (Reviews, Apr. 20). (July)
Library Journal
The plot is barely evident in this brief but dragged-out exploration of eroticism, revenge, grief, and boastfulness by octogenarian Vanderbilt, who has previously written four memoirs and two novels. Architect Talbot Bingham has left behind steamy letters from his mistress, Queen Bee, for his widow to discover, but what some might call erotic imagery could be considered repetitive soft porn by others. The author's reputation as a member of the prominent Vanderbilt family and the mother of CNN correspondent Anderson Cooper may draw readers to the print edition, but this audio version suffers from Vanderbilt's nonprofessional reading. Not recommended.—Joyce Kessel, Villa Maria Coll., Buffalo

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061734892
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/23/2009
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.70(d)

What People are saying about this

Joyce Carol Oates
“In her new novel, Gloria Vanderbilt has created a remarkable tapestry of human passion—an interior world of highly charged erotic mysteries that teasingly suggest, but ever elude, decoding. OBSESSION is a poetic tale on the nature of possession and obsession.”

Meet the Author

Gloria Vanderbilt is the author of four memoirs and two novels. She contributes to various publications, including the New York Times, Vanity Fair, and Elle, and has received two honorary doctorates of Fine Arts. She lives in New York City.

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