Tart Tales: Elegant Erotic Stories

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Elegant and explicit, tender and arousing, these erotic stories articulate your fantasies. Carolyn Banks's heroines come from the ranks of the familiar: housewives, nurses, officeworkers, students - all recognizable. The sexual tension arises as these women manage - through imagination, wit, and an occasional flirtation with the occult or the taboo - to put a fine erotic edge on their daily lives. Some of her heroines are innocents; others have been married long enough to suggest their couplings might be tinged a...
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Overview

Elegant and explicit, tender and arousing, these erotic stories articulate your fantasies. Carolyn Banks's heroines come from the ranks of the familiar: housewives, nurses, officeworkers, students - all recognizable. The sexual tension arises as these women manage - through imagination, wit, and an occasional flirtation with the occult or the taboo - to put a fine erotic edge on their daily lives. Some of her heroines are innocents; others have been married long enough to suggest their couplings might be tinged a shade of jade. However, all triumph in these well-crafted sexy stories. These twenty-three stories explore a variety of characters and situations: In "A Long, Long Time," only the impassioned language of the body - of two bodies - is needed when an American tourist meets a handsome native of Florence. And in another story, Carolyn Banks cautions the reader, when eating Chinese, to take your fortune seriously. She's forty-two, he's twenty-four; "Malaquite" tells the story of a passion that bridges the ages. And in "Salon Satin," one woman discovers a delicious way to lose weight that doesn't require dieting. Sometimes teasing and innocent, sometimes biting and arch, sometimes deep in dreamy sensuality, these stories all build to a satisfying last-line release. Whether read alone or shared with someone, Tart Tales will delight and titillate.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This uneven collection of 23 very short stories, 14 of which have previously been published, unintentionally reminds readers that not all things sexual are necessarily erotic. Banks's ( Mr. Right ) most memorable offerings are more humorous than lascivious: in ``Silk Lady,'' a desperate woman approaches two prostitutes her husband frequents, asking that they teach her everything they know, and in ``The Wish,'' a drab museum curator tries to cast a love spell on the scholar for whom she lusts. Some selections--for instance, ``Shhh, Shhh, It's Christmas,'' about a woman who learns of her husband's affair just before the holiday--seem more likely to douse than to fan the flames of passion. Seemingly aimed at white, heterosexual women, the collection features rough-and-ready studs, introverted and girlish women just discovering desire, and stereotypical, sometimes racist portrayals of blacks (``An Early American Love Story''), Latinos (``A Real One'') and gays (``The Wish''). Although a few tales, like the fantasy-driven ``Malaquite,'' are truly steamy, his book promises more than it delivers, and the omission of several tales might have improved the overall effect. (Feb.)
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Carolyn Banks's remarkable heroines, though drawn from the familiar ranks of housewives, nurses, officeworkers and students, manage--through imagination, wit, and an occasional flirtation with the occult or taboo--to put a fine erotic edge on their everyday lives. Elegant and explicit, tender and arousing, these twenty-three stories articulate your most delightful fantasies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786700790
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/1994
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.55 (w) x 7.93 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

Salon Satin 9
Fortune 19
A Long, Long Time 25
An Early American Love Story 35
Malaquite 41
The Faithful 55
The Man Upstairs 59
Mission Rock 69
Zap! 79
Shhh, Shhh, It's Christmas 85
The Wish 95
The Country Gentleman 105
Sauna 127
The Shame Girl 133
Death Is a Lonesome Cowboy 145
Deuce 153
Silk Lady 157
Arrowhead 167
Jamming With Juba 177
Bernadette's Song 191
Sex and the Single Parent 199
A Real One 203
Jewels 209
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