Tales of Sex & Suburban Lunacy by Helen Argiro

Tales of Sex & Suburban Lunacy

byHelen Argiro

Kobo ebook | February 6, 2013

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Tales of Sex & Suburban Lunacy picks up where the fairytale ends and the “…ever-after” begins. In an affluent town just north of Toronto a different kind of suburbanite has emerged. Well educated successful Gen X-ers with a misguided sense of entitlement, an insatiable appetite for luxury goods and a set of lifestyle choices that includes everything from Dr. Bernstein diets and recreational drug misuse, to the bizarre antics of the sexually deviant and scandalously promiscuous. And in the mix of dating, mating and moral dysfunction you’ll meet characters like Nina, forty-four, the divorced mother of twins who accidentally stumbles from one mortifying encounter to another in an effort to end a two-year long sexual drought. Madeline, fifty-two, single and stuck in online dating purgatory with a collection of horror stories acquired during her quest to find true love and join the ranks of the married middle-class. Jeannie, a forty-year-old TV producer and single mom with a gifted son, a sexy sadistic lawyer for an ex-husband and a gynecologist that is convinced Jeannie is a closet lesbian. So welcome to a place where illicit sex is plentiful, romantic love is as elusive as smoke, and where life is part comedy of communal errors and part tragic milieu of the corrosively ambitious. Welcome to the suburbs!
Title:Tales of Sex & Suburban LunacyFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:February 6, 2013Publisher:BookBabyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1624883567

ISBN - 13:9781624883569

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant Satire! Book of short stories that is a scathing skewer of suburban life. A sharp, witty, fun read. Pure entertainment.
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sex and Social Satire... This book is an obscure gem, guilty pleasure and farcical comedy all rolled into one. As the title indicates, there is no shortage of sex in this book, however, it’s not flavour-of-the-month mommy porn strung together by bad writing and endless clichés which is what appears to be popular at the moment these days. This author can actually write. Even the sex -- which is a difficult thing for even some of the best writers -- is offered up in a way that avoids the formulaic repetition of words and phrases that make so many of the sex-themed novels of this past year all sound so painfully unoriginal. As well, this book has no one single plot. We are reading connected stories with recurring characters after all, but the book none-the-less holds our interest because of the narrator’s sharp, salacious, and occasionally shocking observations. The author’s power of description can be charming or cruel, sympathetic or sarcastic and we never know for sure what we’re really in for until we’re a page or three into the story. The common denominator is the author’s mordant sense of humour which is usually delivered via character dialogue and had me, on several occasions, laughing out loud. Like people in the real world, the characters in this book are flawed. They make bad decisions, others behave selfishly, several regret their actions after the fact, a couple could be categorized as borderline insane and some are not very likable, especially the men. Readers looking for lovable heroes or heroines that do the right thing and enjoy fairy-tale endings, will not find that here. What readers will find is lust, greed, envy, infidelity and imperfect characters with glimpses of underlying humanity that actually connect us to them, whether we like it or not. The omniscient first person narrator is more often a not so objective observer. At times it sounds like a journalist reporting events in a way that is cold and to the point and for the most part it works, but some times we are being told rather than shown, and it doesn’t. In the end, Sex & Suburban Lunacy is a satire about imperfect characters living imperfect lives, in a wealthy suburb. For some reason Canadians seem to have a special talent for satire and although this author is no Stephen Leacock, she does a really good job engaging, amusing and enlightening us with her skewed perspective on love, lust and relationships inside the competitive microcosm of affluent small town suburbia and the people who live there.
Date published: 2013-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tales of Sex & Suburban Lunacy I live in Unionville... and I could see myself in the locations that the author described in the book as I was reading it! It was definitely a page turner. I went through every emotion. Three things for sure: 1) I yearned for more information with every story told; 2) I didn't want the book to end; 3) I'm buying the next book!!!
Date published: 2013-03-24