With My Body: A Novel

With My Body: A Novel

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by Nikki Gemmell
     
 

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From the author of the international bestseller The Bride Stripped Bare comes the raw and resonant story of a middle-aged wife and mother who attempts to reclaim her lost sense of self by exploring the memory of an old love affair, the consequences of which have remained unresolved for years. Nikki Gemmell is “one of the few truly original voices toSee more details below

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From the author of the international bestseller The Bride Stripped Bare comes the raw and resonant story of a middle-aged wife and mother who attempts to reclaim her lost sense of self by exploring the memory of an old love affair, the consequences of which have remained unresolved for years. Nikki Gemmell is “one of the few truly original voices to emerge in a long time” (Time Out New York), and With My Body is a unique and captivating novel. Poetic and boldly, unabashedly sensual, Gemmell’s gorgeous writing and explosive content evoke the seductive power of The Secret Life Of Catherine M, Damage, and The Story of O, but this instant classic bears a modern insight into present-day sexuality and that could only come from the intimate and invigorating voice of Nikki Gemmell.

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Publishers Weekly
Best-known for 2003’s The Bride Stripped Bare (originally published anonymously), Gemmell revisits a woman’s sexual awakening in her tender though occasionally overwrought latest. The novel follows an unnamed, middle-aged, Australian wife and mother of three living in England, whose loving but sexless marriage drives her to reflect on her passionate affair with an older man when she was a teenager. Compellingly written in the second person, the book comprises the protagonist’s own writings to herself as she struggles to make sense of the past. Aided in her reminiscences by a progressive Victorian book for women—given to her and annotated by her lover, Tol, years ago—the narrator recounts their first chance meeting, when, as a teen desperate to escape her icy stepmother, she discovers a run-down manse wherein Tol is busy renovating and writing. Despite his protestations that she stay away, the young narrator persists, and soon a romance blossoms. But suddenly—after declaring his love—Tol disappears, and she’s been wondering what happened ever since. Though Gemmell’s beautiful prose sometimes lapses into melodrama, her gift for storytelling makes this a rewarding read. (June)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062122643
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/19/2012
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
502,521
File size:
1 MB

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