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Ada CalhounSouhami makes no secret of her enthusiasm for Barney and Brooks, whom she introduces as "American, rich and grandly lesbian." She deals with their sex life - the "kissing, nipping, delirium" - with the same good humor and light touch that pervade the rest of the book. And she sprinkles the narrative with what she describes as "discursions." These italicized, journal-entry-ish and often cryptic paragraphs, tucked in between chapters, offer anecdotes about lesbian affairs of her own. They add clutter (there are already quotes introducing each chapter and footnotes on almost every page), but some texture, too. Souhami's asides indicate that lustiness and loneliness are, eternally, emotional twins.
— The New York Times