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Trash, Sex, Magic
     

Trash, Sex, Magic

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by Jennifer Stevenson
 

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“This just absolutely rocks.”—Audrey Niffenegger

“Raunchy, funny, and disturbing.”—Chicago Reader

“Deeply charming.”—The Washington Post

A tender, joyful, raunchy, radiant novel. Imagine The Metamorphoses or A Midsummer Night’s Dream transported to the woods of Illinois.

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“This just absolutely rocks.”—Audrey Niffenegger

“Raunchy, funny, and disturbing.”—Chicago Reader

“Deeply charming.”—The Washington Post

A tender, joyful, raunchy, radiant novel. Imagine The Metamorphoses or A Midsummer Night’s Dream transported to the woods of Illinois. When a development company cuts down a beloved tree, and tries to drive out Raedawn Summer’s family, strange things start to happen.

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Gregory Feeley
… [Stevenson's] portrayal of sexual magic and weird familial dysfunction in her ramshackle yet lovingly described milieu ("I guess you know this whole area's wetter than dog stool," Gelia warns at one point) is deeply charming, and its best scenes lodge in the reader's memory.
The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
There are some pretty weird things going on in the backwoods along the Fox River, just beyond Chicago's far-western suburbs. Twenty-four-year old Raedawn Somershoe and her mom Gelia are trailer trash, women of ill repute, who have worked their sexual wiles on many men in nearby Berne, Ill., not to mention any number of truckers and passing strangers. They live just outside of town with a variety of ill-sorted, half-feral family members and lovers and are mostly content with life. Then a corrupt developer decides that he wants their riverside property as the site for posh new townhouses and he won't take no for an answer. This turns out to be a mistake because the Somershoes have a powerful sexual magic, magic rooted deeply in the trees and the river, and the earth itself. Alexander Caebeau, a homesick Bahamian who runs heavy machinery for the construction company building the townhouses, quickly falls under Raedawn's spell. Then, after an enormous piece of construction machinery is found disassembled overnight, Caebeau is made night watchman and discovers that he has a marvelous and marvel-filled fate in store for him. Filled with oddly bent characters, lovingly detailed descriptions of the Illinois countryside, and just the right amount of magic, Stevenson's first novel is at once sexy, beautifully written and passing strange. (June 15) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781931520126
Publisher:
Small Beer Press
Publication date:
06/01/2004
Pages:
292
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author


With her husband of twenty-six years, Jennifer Stevenson owns Hawkeye Scenic Studios, Inc., a scenery construction shop located in Chicago. Her stories have been published in a number of anthologies. "Solstice" was published as a chapbook by Green Man Review. Trash Sex Magic is Jennifer Stevenson's first novel. She is currently working on a series of romantic comedies.

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Trash Sex Magic 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Raedawn Somershoe, her mother Gelia, and several other people live in a collection of trailers along the Fox River. Theirs is a world of mud, junk piles, and mystery, as spectacular as it is shabby. In a strange world, stranger things begin to happen when land developers intrude on the riverbank. Rae's love is killed, the river goes wild, and a storm of activity drowns the area in magic and tension. This novel is not for the faint of heart. Bold in premise, it does not shy away from subjects considered taboo by many people. For those brave enough to take the journey, for anyone who ever lived in a run-down trailer, those who were ever intimate with a few wild acres in the middle of humanity's business, or those who ever had an uncomfortable moment, this is a triumphant read. For those who are easily offended, this is not for you. For those afraid to explore outside their zone of comfort, this is not for you. For those who don't want a story that will cling to their soul long after the book is shelved, this is not for you. 'Trash Sex Magic' gets five stars for bold creativity, skilled layering of characters' stories, and for the literary quality of the writing. Although a few scenes in the novel are mildly confusing for the average reader, Stevenson's work shows a brilliant insight into human nature. 'A real book is not one that's read, but one that reads us.' -W. H. Auden (1907-1973) -C.W.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Made absolutley no sense. A promiscuous girl with a penchant for men who turn into trees.