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By Laura Kasischke

"The first time I had intercourse with a guy for funds, it was once September —still like summer season, however the warmth within the inn room used to be on and it looked as if it would coat my throat with airborne dirt and dust. the guy used to be uninteresting, small-eyed, no taller than myself, yet he appeared afraid. He wouldn't examine me. whilst I requested him what he sought after me to do, he stated, 'That's your job.'" So starts off the poet Laura Kasischke's enthralling and unforgettable first novel. Leila Murray is the novel's narrator - younger, married, dwelling in a small city, and dealing in a hotel as a receptionist, then as a prostitute. Leila slowly discloses the main points of her adolescence, her mother's homicide, and the numb promiscuity of her youth, whereas modern occasions spread and lead her to the darkish flip her lifestyles will take one October weekend whilst she meets a guy named Gary Jensen.

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You’re valid, for one hour,” 48 a. m. h o m e s she says, handing the ticket back. ” She leads him into a room, weighs him, takes his blood pressure and tempera­ ture, and tells him to hop up onto the table. “Go ahead and make yourself comfortable. ” “I’m OK,” he says. ” She winks. ” Dr. Lusardi asks, sweeping into the room, his white coat following him. “I was in pain, incredible pain. ” “Fine. I feel fine, and then I remember the pain. ” Lusardi flips through his chart. ” The doctor gestures for him to take off his shirt.

He takes out a five and a few ones and slaps them into the man’s hand. ” the dining-room hostess asks. ” the hostess asks again. He nods. “This way,” she says, leading him into the empty dining room. Someone hands him a menu, someone else pours him a glass of water, another puts a dinner roll on his bread plate and some butter beside it. He immediately eats the roll. He hasn’t been eating bread—it’s not part of his program. The roll is 52 a. m. h o m e s warm, yeasty sourdough. He eats it with cold butter—he closes his eyes—good.

M. h o m e s atmosphere, hinting at the day to come. He sat in the back, with the windows down, his head into the breeze like a dog. The driver babbled like a bad bartender, talking about everything, anything, nothing. ” He didn’t answer; the last thing he wanted was a confes­ sional conversation with the cab driver. “Fine, keep it a secret, see if I care. Everyone thinks they’re entitled to keep it to themselves. What do they know? That’s how you get sick, really sick—ulcers, colitis, cancer. I tell people everything, what do I need to keep secrets for?

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