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Description - The Mirror in the Well by Micheline Marcom

A woman's sexual awakening is a tragedy when the woman is married to someone other than the man who awakens her. But until then, her marriage, now doomed, was a sleepwalker's tragedy. This novel will shock and offend some readers. Unapologetically explicit in its language, extreme in some of the acts it catalogues, it makes no pretense of submission to middle-class decency, let alone to expectations of happy endings. All three people in this love triangle are flawed, damaged, human. Things fall apart, and the resolution is unclear. Why does she do it? Why should we read it? The answer is one word: Ecstasy. Micheline Aharonian Marcom has a genius for language that is not only beautiful in and of itself, but also engages the heart. Lusher than Marguerite Duras, more tender and erotic than Cormac McCarthy, but nearly as dark, this is a narrative masterpiece.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781564785114
ISBN-10: 1564785114
Format: Hardback
(211mm x 140mm x 10mm)
Pages: 152
Imprint: Dalkey Archive Press
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United States

Book Reviews - The Mirror in the Well by Micheline Marcom

US Kirkus Review » A married woman embarks on a sexually charged, emotionally devastating affair with a foreign-born carpenter.Living a normal suburban life as wife, mother and successful businesswomen, the striking unnamed heroine of this explicit novella has long been accustomed to keeping her desires under wraps. That all changes big time when she meets a taciturn blue-eyed stranger at a work party. The man, whose country of origin is never revealed, might not be much to look at, but some mutual need draws them together. Soon after, they begin to meet regularly for increasingly kinky adventures. They take occasional road trips together, causing her to lie to both her husband and boss. That the two have little in common matters not, since the sex is so explosive and he taps into something deep and dark in her. Pain, pleasure, power struggles and shame all play their roles in her internal journey, and a childhood trauma is hinted at as well. Their affair effectively ends her marriage, but not his, and much of the subsequent narrative tracks her transformation from a glowing late-bloomer into a jealous, demanding, self-described harpy with an uncertain romantic future. Lannan Fellow and Whiting Award winner Marcom (Draining the Sea, 2008, etc.) bravely explores the transformational and destructive possibilities of lust from a decidedly female perspective, but her repetitive, stream-of-consciousness style too often draws attention to itself. And those preferring to read about joyful couplings should look elsewhere.Hollow, highbrow smut. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Micheline Marcom

Micheline Aharonian Marcom was born in 1968 in Saudi Arabia to American parents. She grew up in Los Angeles, CA. She currently lives in northern California and teaches creative writing at Mills College.

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