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Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Review: Anonymous Sex

 Anonymous Sex

Thanks to Simon & Schuster / NetGalley for this gifted book.

Publisher: Scribner
Publish Date: February 8, 2022
Kindle Edition
368 Pages
Genres: Short Stories, Anthology Erotica

27 Authors. 27 Stories. No Names Attached.

A bold collection of stories about sex that leaves you guessing who wrote what.

Bestselling novelists Hillary Jordan and Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan present an elegant, international anthology of erotica that explores the diverse spectrum of desire, written by winners of the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, PEN Awards, the Women’s Prize for Fiction, Edgar Award, and more. There are stories of sexual obsession and sexual love, of domination and submission. There’s revenge sex, unrequited sex, funny sex, tortured sex, fairy tale sex, and even sex in the afterlife.

While the authors are listed in alphabetical order at the beginning of the book, none of the stories are attributed, providing readers with a glimpse into an uninhibited landscape of sexuality as explored by twenty-seven of today’s finest authors.

Featuring Robert Olen Butler, Catherine Chung, Trent Dalton, Heidi W. Durrow, Tony Eprile, Louise Erdrich, Jamie Ford, Julia Glass, Peter Godwin, Hillary Jordan, Rebecca Makkai, Valerie Martin, Dina Nayeri, Chigozie Obioma, Téa Obreht, Helen Oyeyemi, Mary-Louise Parker, Victoria Redel, Jason Reynolds, S.J. Rozan, Meredith Talusan, Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, Souvankham Thammavongsa, Jeet Thayil, Paul Theroux, Luis Alberto Urrea, and Edmund White.

My Review:

It's been a hot minute since I've read any erotica.  But give me 27 authors with 27 erotic stories and you have no idea who wrote what?  Well, don't you threaten me with a good time!!

Alas, meep.  I was thoroughly intrigued - especially with this large cast of amazing authors.  And I'm sure, like with most anthologies there is something for everyone.  Unfortunately, for the most part these were a miss for me.  The very first story had me intrigued - so much that if I knew who the author was, I'd write them and see if we can't get this story expanded as I REALLY need to know what happened after that necklace incident! WINNER. But the rest fell a bit flat for me.  And I didn't feel most stories were all that "erotic" ... though that definition varies for everyone and their sex spectrum.

Long story short... swing and... a miss! Let's just say that for the most part, it was a bit... soft.  Womp womp.


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