Tales of Sex & Suburban Lunacy

Tales of Sex & Suburban Lunacy

by Helen Argiro

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ISBN-13: 9781624883569
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication date: 02/06/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 200
File size: 353 KB

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Tales of Sex & Suburban Lunacy 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hilarious! Couldn't put it down. This book had me laughing out loud. I haven't read anything like this in fiction before and totally enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Smart and wickedly funny! I relish a cutting satire and this book is exactly that. Well served amongst a clan of wealthy, sexually preoccupied, hugely flawed, yet very real characters. Jumping into each other’s stories (and bedrooms) throughout the book, recurring characters finding themselves in a series of uncomfortably embarrassing situations that you just know are more truth than fiction. The author’s style is a bit jarring at times though, very minimalist, almost like she’s reporting or you’re just sitting with her having tea and a gossipy chat. (I would’ve liked to keep reading, a bit sad to have it end.) Cannot find other books by this author, but hope she writes another soon. Brilliant read, enjoy! Lisbeth ReaderGeek
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who on earth would give this book five stars? I am halfway through it and I haven't even smiled once, let alone laughed. The book is boring and repetitious and not at all funny. What a waste of ten bucks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tales of Sex & Suburban Lunacy is an obscure gem, guilty pleasure and farcical comedy all rolled into one. As the title indicates, there is no shortage of sex in this book, however, it’s not flavour-of-the-month mommy porn strung together by bad writing and endless clichés which is what appears to be popular at the moment these days. This author can actually write. Even the sex -- which is a difficult thing for even some of the best writers -- is presented in a way that avoids the formulaic repetition of words and phrases that make so many of the sex-themed novels of this past year all sound so painfully unoriginal. As well, this book has no one single plot. We are reading connected stories with recurring characters after all, but the book none-the-less holds our interest because of the narrator’s sharp, salacious, and occasionally shocking observations. The author’s power of description can be charming or cruel, sympathetic or sarcastic and we never know for sure what we’re really in for until we’re a page or three into the story. The common denominator is the author’s mordant sense of humour which is usually delivered via character dialogue and had me, on several occasions, laughing out loud. Like people in the real world, the characters in this book are flawed. They make bad decisions, others behave selfishly, several regret their actions after the fact, a couple could be categorized as borderline insane and some are not very likable, especially the men. Readers looking for lovable heroes or heroines that do the right thing and enjoy fairy-tale endings, will not find that here. What readers will find is lust, greed, envy, infidelity and imperfect characters with glimpses of underlying humanity that actually connect us to them, whether we like it or not. The omniscient first person narrator is more often a not so objective observer. At times it sounds like a journalist reporting events in a way that is cold and to the point and sometimes it works, and other times we are being told rather than shown, and it doesn’t. There are stories inside this book that connect well with one another, and then there are shorter vignettes that are for the most part humorous, but could easily be eliminated and no one would notice. In the end, Sex & Suburban Lunacy is a satire about imperfect characters living imperfect lives, in a wealthy suburb outside of Toronto. For some reason Canadians seem to have a special talent for satire and although this author is no Stephen Leacock, she does a really good job engaging, amusing and enlightening us with her skewed perspective on love, lust and relationships inside the competitive microcosm of affluent small town suburbia and the people who live there. Dale C.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A razor sharp and extraordinairily witty look at dysfunction in the suburbs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A hugely entertaining book of stories and vignettes about sex, dating, love, marriage, divorce along with some cross-dressing, cocaine and highly flawed characters thrown in for good measure. Took this book on vacation and ripped through it in 2 days. LOVED IT!!!