Alternatives to Sex: A Novel

Alternatives to Sex: A Novel by Stephen McCauley 0743224736 9780743224734
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The bestselling author ofThe Object of My AffectionandTrue Enoughdelivers his most compelling and richly observed novel to date with this portrait of one mans search for the holy trinity of modern life -- true love, good sex, and great real estate. Stephen McCauleys new novel is a moving and hilarious chronicle of life in post-traumatic, morally ambiguous America where the desire to do good is constantly being tripped up by the need to feel good. Right now. William Collins is a real estate agent working near Boston. Despite a boom market, his sales figures arent what they should be, due mostly to the distractions of compulsive ironing and housecleaning binges and his penchant for nightly online cruising for hookups -- less impersonal than old-fashioned anonymous sex because you exchanged fake names with the person. Theres also his struggle to collect the rent from Kumiko Rothberg, his passive-aggressive tenant, and his worries about his best friend, Edward, a flight attendant hes certainlynotin love with. William has known for some time that his habits are slipping out of control. But he figures that as long as I acknowledged my behavior was a problem, it wasnt one. When he finally decides to do something about his life, he needs a role model of calm stability. Enter Charlotte OMalley and Samuel Thompson, wealthy suburbanites looking for the perfect city apartment. Happy couple, William writes in his notes. Maybe I can learn something from them. But what he learns challenges his own assumptions about real estate, love, and desire. And what they learn from him might unravel a budding friendship, not to mention a very promising sale. Full of crackling dialogue delivered by a stellar ensemble of players,Alternatives to Sexis social satire at its very best: A smart, sophisticated, and astonishingly funny look at the way we live now.

Author: Stephen McCauley

Language: English

Edition: First Edition

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 304

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: 2006-03-28


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