Frank Ritz is a television critic. His partner, Melissa Paul, is the author of pornographic novels for liberated women. He watches crap all day; she writes crap all day. It's a life. Or it was a life. But now they're fighting, locked in oral combat. He won't shut up and she is putting her finger down her throat again. So there's only one thing for it - Frank has to go. But go where? And do what? Frank Ritz has been on heat more or less continuously since he could speak his own name. Let him out of the house and his first instinct is to go looking for sex. Deviant sex, treacherous sex, even straight sex, so long as it's immoderate - he's never been choosy. But what happens when sex is all you know but no longer what you want?
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When 50-year-old Frank Ritz is told to leave by his longtime partner, he sets out west in his car to recapture a past in which sexual conquest was his main, or perhaps only, motivation. However, as he travels through the scenes of his debauchery, he realizes his exploits were never as carefree as he thought they were and what he was looking for probably wasn't just a few seconds of joy. Jacobson explodes the myth of the male sex drive through the humorous confessional of a man who finds that, when his sexual ego starts to wane, he cannot find anything to replace it. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Howard Jacobson
Howard Jacobson has written fourteen novels and five works of non-fiction. He won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Award in 2000 for The Mighty Walzer and then again in 2013 for Zoo Time. In 2010 he won the Man Booker Prize for The Finkler Question and was also shortlisted for the prize in 2014 for his most recent novel, J.