The Celibacy Club (2020)

The Celibacy Club Janice Eidus The Celibacy Club This vibrant collection of nineteen short stories by the two time winner of the prestigious O Henry Prize is by turns erotic wildly funny bawdy and poignant Eidus explores our contemporary obsessio
  • Title: The Celibacy Club
  • Author: Janice Eidus
  • ISBN: 9780872863224
  • Page: 367
  • Format: Paperback
The Celibacy Club Janice Eidus This vibrant collection of nineteen short stories by the two time winner of the prestigious O Henry Prize is by turns erotic, wildly funny, bawdy, and poignant Eidus explores our contemporary obsessions sex both safe and not so safe Prozac, the 90s drug of choice Nautilus machine mania the sinister attraction of vampires film star James Dean and rock n roll iconThis vibrant collection of nineteen short stories by the two time winner of the prestigious O Henry Prize is by turns erotic, wildly funny, bawdy, and poignant Eidus explores our contemporary obsessions sex both safe and not so safe Prozac, the 90s drug of choice Nautilus machine mania the sinister attraction of vampires film star James Dean and rock n roll icons Axl Rose and Elvis all with dazzling range.Janice Eidus quirky characters seek transcendence in exotic ways, and they sometimes even find it These unpredictable stories demonstrate that Janice Eidus continues to be one of the freshest and most idiosyncratic voices from the fiction frontier The San Francisco ChronicleIn Gypsy Lore, one of 19 stories in Janice Eidus s collection, The Celibacy Club, 15 year old Anna asks a fortune teller about sex He comes in, he goes out He comes in, he goes out That s all, the gypsy replies The gypsy s evident ennui about sex might apply just as easily to this collection itself, in which a lot happens but nothing much matters In the title story, Nancy joins a celibacy club where everyone talks about why they re not having sex Then she has sex with one of the club members, quits the club and buys a condo in the Bronx In Making Love, Making Movies screenwriter Jeff inexplicably starts cheating on his wife of ten years, an actress obsessed with Sigourney Weaver During each affair he casts himself as a different Hollywood actor, while each encounter becomes a scenario for yet another trite film clich in his hackneyed mind.Ms Eidus s tales are often amusing, but she tends to substitute pop culture references for character development, and high concept ideas, i.e a Barbie doll goes to group therapy, for theme Still, readers who enjoy this type of ultra hip urban story telling may well find The Celibacy Club entertaining reading Eidus powerful stories about men and women waging silent wars against the culture have the eerie effect of waking us up even though we didn t know we were sleeping Hal Sirowitz, author of Mother Said Janice Eidus is entertaining than the Marquis de Sade in a dress Her juxtaposition of emotion from the brazenly wicked to the ardently tender will leave the reader breathless The Celibacy Club is definitely a club you will want to join Balancing humor and depth, the 19 short stories in this collection reflect the quirky voice, at once cynical and sincere, that has made Eidus a two time winner of the O Henry Award In their funniest moments, Eidus s stories have serious subtexts of isolation, addiction, abuse and despair Publishers Weekly
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  1. Nikmaack

    Eidus essay in the book How Does That Make You Feel essays by therapists and people in therapy was, by far, the best of the bunch Her simple, matter of fact style is what I crave So I picked up this book, looking for writing by her Some of these stories are really great, moving, and very cleanly written A few only suffer because they are so short.I like the blend of ordinary real life with elements of fantasy It s that Kafka way of drawing out by adding a crazy element of the surreal For examp [...]

  2. Maryann

    I picked this book up way back in grad school when the 90s were not that far behind us Only now did I finally read it And it felt so very 90s Some of that retro feel was wonderful and reminded me of things I aspired to in my own writing of the time Some of the pieces reminded me that I often don t miss the 90s.

  3. Sam

    At its best, this book can be playful and irreverant At its worst, it s obvious and juvenile And it s usually at its worst Reading this was a punishment.

  4. Chris

    The one thing I took away from this basically silly novel was that if you ve been having relationship troubles, maybe you just need a break Very good advice Not that great for a long novel.

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