Saturday, May 4, 2013

Susan St. Aubin Likes Love & Other Illusions

Check out this very glowing review of Marcy Sheiner's new Sizzler Editions book, Love & Other Illusions by Susan St. Aubin:

That's what you might say when you start reading Marcy Sheiner's collection LOVE AND OTHER ILLUSIONS. This was supposed to be sizzling erotica published by Renaissance E books/Sizzler Editions. Where are the throbbing birds, the pulsing crevices? But Sheiner is up to something quite different.

This is literature! What a surprise. Some of these stories would stand up next to anything recently published in "The New Yorker." This might not be the book you expected, but it's well worth your time. At her best, Sheiner is a wonderful story teller, but as she admits in her introduction, the novel is her preferred form.Some of these stories do seem like attempts at novels that didn't quite fly and so have been given abrupt endings and added to the collection. But when her stories work, they are remarkable. Two in particular have stuck with me. "Lo Seinto" about a woman deciding whether to stay with a less than perfect lover or leave him for an uncertain future will haunt me for a long time. "The Fourth and final Marriage of Sadie Nussbaum" had me laughing, crying, and recognized myself as I grow older.

What I want to know is, where are this woman's novels? Sitting in her filing cabinet? Amazon, Renaissance E Books, take notice! I want to read a novel by this woman now, via the magic of whispernet. And kudos to Sizzler Editions for adding this book to their list, even though it doesn't quite fit the erotica genre. 
-  Susan St. Aubin
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From Marcy Sheiner – the renowned editor of the Herotica series of women-centric erotic anthologies – comes this collection of deep, delightful stories on love, friendship, joy and pain.

While the eleven stories in Love and Other Illusions generate heat and passion without being graphically erotic, Marcy says, "I was pretty passionate while writing them!"
Included in Love and Other Illusions are the tales:

SAVING MY LIFE: In which Uncle Yernie pulls his little niece out of the crashing ocean, and saves her life in unexpected ways.

LO SIENTO: Martha leaves her live-in boyfriend at home and goes to Mexico to ponder their relationship. Will she leave him? Will she stay? I’m not telling! (Lo Siento means “I’m sorry” in Spanish.)

WHAT: The anxieties of commitment are overcome as love conquers all—or does it?

LETTER DELIVERED AS A DREAM: A couple shares a summer idyll with a colony of ants in this short-short story.

A TRAGEDY OF CHILDHOOD: An older woman is hurtled back to her past when she befriends a young mother and toddler, and helps the child overcome a fear of escalators.

THE UNIVERSE WILL PROVIDE: Or will it? The answer would be a spoiler, so you’ll just have to read it to find out.

EYE OF THE BEHOLDER: What makes a woman beautiful? How do her looks affect her life and personality? Her loves and friendships? Even her career is affected by her appearance, especially if she’s extremely beautiful or extremely not. Every woman privately knows—even if she won’t admit it—that what she looks like is one of the most basic yet complicated issues in our lives.

THE COUCH: Q: When is a couch more than a piece of furniture?

A: When it’s sold as part of a self-improvement plan.

A woman’s decision to sell her couch brings the house of cards she’s built, and the man who’s inside it, crashing down around her.

BAD AIR DAY: What begins as another bad air day for the asthmatic Sharon ends up just the opposite when someone new comes into her life. Caution: Mind-reading and psychic phenomena included.

THE SOUND OF ONE HEART BREAKING: As war breaks out in the desert, two people on the precipice of a relationship discover they too are breaking out—with herpes!

NEVER LOOK BACK: The most popular story among baby boomers these days seems to be high school sweethearts reuniting years or decades later. In this version he’s a Vietnam vet, she’s an anti-war ex-hippie. Can they find each other again?

THE FOURTH AND FINAL MARRIAGE OF SADIE NUSSBAUM: When octogenarian Bernie Solomon has a heart attack, his adulterous affair with Sadie Nussbaum is exposed. After he dies, his agoraphobic wife doesn’t even notice he’s gone, while his mistress Sadie plays the role of widow, leading to his daughter finding out about them.

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