Full of literary star power and with absolutely nothing out of bounds, these steamy short stories pack a wallop for every sexual taste.
Susie Bright is the fearless boundary crosser of contemporary erotica, and The Best American Erotica 2005 features stories of unprecedented literary pedigree and a stunning breadth of imagination.
Pulitzer Prize-winner Jane Smiley details a beautiful erotic interlude in an otherwise sordid real estate deal; Mary Gaitskill celebrates the unexpected ardor of one middle-aged couple; Steve Almond reminisces about the best one-man/three-girl Ecstasy party ever; Nelson George recounts the erotic escapades that befall a young man who accompanies a celebrity athlete when he picks up a gaggle of girls; and Carol Queen explores the joys of making love with summer fruit. Readers will also thrill to the year's most stellar stories from every imaginable erotic genre.
The class of The Best American Erotica 2005 is changing the rules about writing about sex. It's no longer pulp fiction: it's must-read literature showcasing the best writing around, all packed into the year's sexiest anthology.
Bright's 12th annual compendium of hot reads makes the perfect lubricious valentine. As usual, she offers her trademarked something-for-everyone mix, which extends well beyond the usual categories of straight/bi/gay. Lisa Montanarelli's "Loved It and Set It Free," for example, recounts the adventures of two girls who decide to watch some porn together, while Bert Hart's "My Puritan Reader," set in "the Yeare of Our Lord 1692," hilariously pits handsome young John Smythe against a young suspected-witch who must be examined closely-very closely-for signs of Satan upon her intimate flesh. Greta Christina flawlessly executes a tale of woman-on-woman sexual humiliation in "View from the Fourteenth Floor." And, in Mary Gaitskill's "Ugly Cock Dance," menopausal married love finds its poet laureate. While not all the stories are as deftly written as these four, the collection as a whole stands as a love-letter to humanity, in all its varieties. What Kinsey did for his fellow travelers, Bright does, again, for hers.