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By Binnie Kirshenbaum

Brazen and given to transgressions, the narrator of this mordantly witty novel is an aloof, difficult speaking, married long island girl who consists of on 3 affairs concurrently, blithely breaking seven of the 10 Commandments in her look for a secure position to land. Rootless, bouncing from mattress to mattress, she is aware she is natural of middle. If merely she may possibly locate the place her center obtained misplaced. Irreverent and achingly sincere, she issues to the small yet infinitely deep cracks in our mask, drawing the reader into her international of misadventure -- erotic, comedian, and deeply unsettling. Juggling 4 males -- her husband, "the hit man," "the multimedia artist," and "the love of her existence" -- she cannot come to a decision even if she is out to turn out or disprove the Talmudic knowledge: when you do not know the place you are going, any highway will take you there.

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All of you. Your presence. Your aura. The whole package. ” He studies me slowly, lingers with love and lust and hunger. It’s impossible to eat fettuccine under such scrutiny. “Your hands,” he decides. ” My hands. I hold them out, to see for myself. They are my mother’s hands, although she is not a lefty. When she was young, my mother modeled her hands. Her hands were featured in magazines, on billboards, advertising lotions, nailcare products, detergents that soften hands while you do the dishes.

The high holy day. The day of atonement. The day to spend in meditation, prayer. The day of the fast. The day Jews are forbidden, by the law of God, to eat, drink, toil, play. The one day to compensate, to make up for all the others, and I, from the moment I woke, blew it. I remain behind the iron gate,and my belly is full—full of coffee,grapes,apple,anisette toast,and a big gob of Catholic sperm. Moments before the sun sets, shrouded in the velvet shawl of dusk, I hear the congregation’s voices soaring in song: Adon Olam Asher Malach Beterrem Kol Yatzir Nivrah.

How gratifying to have my praises sung! Cries of ecstasy! He pleads for me to stop,to go,more,oh please,and his eyes roll back in his head. “I can’t hold it, babe,” he says, and his gob jets into my mouth. I swallow, and it shimmies down my esophagus the way an oyster would. Like the oyster, it, too, is an acquired taste. Allowing him to stroke my hair, I look up, past him to the window where I watch the sunlight shift and move in the direction of late afternoon. “I have to be going,” I pull away.

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