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Lunar Attractions

by Clark Blaise

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list price: $12.95
also available: Paperback
category: Fiction
published: 1990
publisher: Porcupine's Quill

David has always been special, attuned to the dark side of things, pulled toward the disturbing undercurrents beneath the slick surface of American life. As a whimsical, misunderstood boy growing up in the Florida backwoods, he maps out a reality less hostile than the snapping gators and insensitive school teachers of his rural home. As an adolescent he gets a shocking introduction to sensuality, a sexual initiation in stark contrast to the gentle first-kiss fantasies of teenaged dreams. Lunar Attractions brilliantly captures the manic nature of our times.

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Editorial Reviews

'Engaging, stirring and hard to put down ... a born storyteller ... a writer to savour.'

— The New York Times Book Review

'At first Lunar Attractions looks like a very good first novel.... In fact, wow! It's terrific! And then, during one of the most surprising sex scenes you'll ever read in your life, it starts getting better.... Lunar Attractions has scenes like Emma being seduced by Rodolphe in Madame Bovary, or Julien stumbling across Europe battlefields in The Charterhouse of Parma, or Dean Moriary parking cars in On the Road.'

— The Los Angeles Times Book Review

'The most ferocious and astonishing scene of adolescent sexual first contact ever written: in English: in fiction.'

— The National Review
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About the Author

Clark Blaise

Clark Blaise has taught in Montreal, Toronto, Saskatchewan and British Columbia, as well as at Skidmore College, Columbia University, Iowa, NYU, Sarah Lawrence and Emory. For several years he directed the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. Among the most widely travelled of authors, he has taught or lectured in Japan, India, Singapore, Australia, Finland, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Holland, Germany, Haiti and Mexico. He lived for years in San Francisco, teaching at the University of California, Berkeley. He is married to the novelist Bharati Mukherjee and currently divides his time between San Francisco and Southampton, Long Island. In 2002, he was elected president of the Society for the Study of the Short Story. In 2003, he was given an award for exceptional achievement by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and in 2009, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada ''for his contributions to Canadian letters as an author, essayist, teacher, and founder of the post-graduate program in creative writing at Concordia University''.

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