Quiver: A Book of Erotic Tales

Quiver: A Book of Erotic Tales

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by Tobsha Learner
     
 

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“Taking in the panoply of sexual desire, each tale shudders with full-frontal detail in a style that is both lyrical and forensically accurate.”

In twelve interconnected stories as naked and primal as passion itself, Quiver explores the full spectrum of human sexuality in all of its variety and complexity. Spare yet evocative, this explicit

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“Taking in the panoply of sexual desire, each tale shudders with full-frontal detail in a style that is both lyrical and forensically accurate.”

In twelve interconnected stories as naked and primal as passion itself, Quiver explores the full spectrum of human sexuality in all of its variety and complexity. Spare yet evocative, this explicit collection depicts the pleasures of new and rediscovered love, lust, and obsession. In the flashes that blur the line between fantasy and reality, each story captures the spontaneous erotic experiences of a small group of middle-class acquaintances, showcasing sexual interludes of kaleidoscopic range—heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, exhibitionistic, and sadomasochistic. Each of these stories, alternating between a woman’s point of view and a man’s, a participant’s and a voyeur’s, expresses a passion for youth, excitement for the new, and nostalgia for love lost. Sensual and provocative, Quiver introduces a fresh voice to the genre of erotica.

For fans of Anne Rice's (A.N. Roquelaure) Sleeping Beauty trilogy or Sylvia Day's Bared to You, Learner's writing will electrify readers with its every impulse.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Taking in the panoply of sexual desire, each tale shudders with full-frontal detail in a style that is both lyrical and forensically accurate." -Vogue
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A woman bent on revenge, a man craving extremes and the self-doubts of middle age are all part of this diverse collection, already a bestseller in Australia. Although Learner, a screenwriter (HBO's The Unmasking of O), writes most often from the point of view of a straight woman, she occasionally adopts male and bisexual points of view, and she's best when she features a voyeuristic element. In the opening story, "The Woman Who Was Tied Up and Forgotten," a married couple rekindle their passion with the joys of bondage, but even that innovation soon needs added spice. The clich that people in power really want domination is turned on its head in a surprising climax. Another tale, "Looking for Strange," describes the allure of a single character from the perspectives of two lovers, which converge in the heated encounter of an adventurous threesome. Perhaps the most imaginative story, "The Short Man in Crime," features a six-foot-five-inch woman who learns the beauty of her form from a five-foot-one-inch man. Some portraits are stronger than others, but each erotic narrative pushes the reader toward the next with great expectation, and the final story, "The Promiscuity of Bats," joins all of the characters in a stalled elevator on Christmas Eve. One man puts a drug, ecstasy, in the champagne he's carrying and the ensuing orgy brings everyone back out for a curtain call. It's no mystery why this explicit debut has found an enthusiastic audience Down Under. (July)
Kirkus Reviews
Los Angeles-based playwright and screenwriter Learner's debut hardcover is a polite sex aide for marrieds, lovers, celibates, and others who deny themselves realistically textured erotic fantasy on their own but enjoy looking at someone else's dream-sex, especially if it's as neatly written and controlled as this. Learner devises 12 interlocked stories, set in Sydney, Australia, with many of the same characters appearing in them, presented from a variety of sexual attack angles. In the first story, middle-aged dominatrix Sandra is married to dentist Brian and discoversþsurprisinglyþthat she likes being dominated by her husband when he ties her to his dental chair and performs unusual feats with his electric brushes, etc. Soon enough Robert, chief foreman of a construction company, who has been watching all this daily from his hanging steel cage outdoors, decides to enter the fun. The tales cover hetero-, bi-, gay, exhibitionist, and SM activities, with the recurring characters enjoying new excitements, as well as a few huge sighs of nostalgia for bedrooms past. The story "Ice Cream," for instance, suggests fresh uses for richly creamy and syrupy ice stuff raspberry, vanilla, mocha, or chocolate, it hardly matters. Silk-pajama fare, mostly female-oriented.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142180228
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/30/2013
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Tobsha Learner was born in the United Kingdom and has lived there, the United States and Australia. She has worked extensively for stage, television, radio and film. Quiver is her first collection of short stories.

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