Pure Poetry

Pure Poetry

by Binnie Kirshenbaum
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Pure Poetry by Binnie Kirshenbaum

Meet Lila Moscowitz, a smart-mouthed, Jewish American beauty with a voracious appetite for sex, a remarkable talent for outrageous lies, and an unerring knack for screwing up her life. An accomplished poet, renowned for writing "smut and filth in terza rima," she goes about her life in Pure Poetry with enough attitude and verve to win your heart forever. But since fleeing the all-consuming passion of her marriage to Max, the sexy German, she can no longer compose so much as a couplet; ghosts have taken over her Greenwich Village apartment, and the contrast between her feelings for her present lover and her former husband is breaking her heart. And neither her best friend, Carmen, nor her cross-dressing analyst, Leon, is able to soothe her angst over her impending thirty eighth birthday, an occasion fraught with a thirty-seven year tradition of emotional devastation. But time waits for no woman, and the dreaded birthday does bring insight: Love can be undone by the same desires that nurture it. Lila knows that she has got to take action, and in doing so she comes to realize some startling truths about herself, her capacity for love, and the nature of true freedom.

Binnie Kirshenbaum's voice has been acclaimed by critics and readers alike. Already a bestselling author in Germany, Kirshenbaum demonstrates a brilliant maturity in Pure Poetry. Not since Erica Jong's Fear of Flying has a novel so captured a woman's heart and desires. Readers will cheer Pure Poetry for its heady mix of humor and sadness, and for its slyly unsettling visions of modern life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743241823
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 03/22/2002
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Binnie Kirshenbaum is the author of two short story collections and four novels, most recently the critically acclaimed Hester Among the Ruins. She is a professor of fiction writing at Columbia University and lives with her husband in New York City.

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Pure Poetry 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
It took me ten chapters to figure out what this book was about. Lila is in constant turmoil with herself. She wants to be younger, she wants more time, she wants love. But she will not let herself love. It's a quick easy read, but nothing special.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great postmodern love story set in the transient and fragmented Manhattan landscape where relationships end abruptly, boundaries shift, and landmarks become obsolete. Lila Moscowitz, the narrator,is funny, tragic, and demented in this updated, New Yorker Old Testament story of bondage and exile--in Babylon and in the wilderness with golden calves along the way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great read! A woman of 35 who knows all about sex, but is a stranger to love meets the man of her life - and looses him, because she's afraid of the emotional bond. A story that shows how we're subject to our prejudices, projections, and preconceived ideas even when we think about the ones we love.