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Sarah Martinez dares to blow the top off of the conventional box of boy/girl, liberating us with sexy, sensual, intelligent confetti.

--Jennifer D. Munro, Author of The Erotica Writer's Husband

An erotic bazaar that swamps your senses...sweat, perfume, the scent of sex, the odor of books, the aroma of ink. Buy it. Read it. Wish you were in it.

--Jack Remick is the author of several novels and short story collections including Blood and Terminal Weird

"Hear ye, women! Read this gem of a novel!" Expect a riveting, moving, sexy ride. You're going to love this story.

--Susan Wingate, Award-winning, Amazon Bestselling author of Drowning
and the Bobby's Diner Series

About the Author

Sarah Martinez lives in Seattle with her husband and two children. She is a member of the Northwest Independent Editor's Guild, until recently served as Senior Editor for Pink Fish Press, and was a regular contributor for Line Zero, the quarterly literary and arts journal. Sex and Death in the American Novel is her first book.

Product Details

  • File Size: 899 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1935961659
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Booktrope Editions (August 17, 2012)
  • Publication Date: August 17, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0092VE97I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,342,208 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sarah Martinez lives in Seattle with her husband and two children. She is a member of the Northwest Independent Editor's Guild, and the Pacific Northwest Writers Association.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Loretta Matson on August 31, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I am the graphic designer for the first edition of this novel. I read an early draft and the final text.

Sex and Death appeals on many levels: escapist, sexy entertainment; gossipy brain candy; a dramatic story about the children of high-achieving parents; an expansive discussion of sexual identity; a pretty damned interesting reading list. In western society we have lots of labels for the way people identify. What if you could cut it even finer? What if your particular thoughts, feelings, and desires, those that crossed boundaries or varied with the situation, could be known and honored?

I know the author as a writer who cares deeply about good writing and about sexuality as an essential element in people's lives, in stories, in fictional plots, and character development.

The characters in this story express themselves to one another in the usual ways: friendship, family, shared pleasures. For some of them, the interaction includes dancing, sexual activity, and the art of writing. Sex and Death is packed with detailed descriptions of sensory experience along with thought-provoking discourse.

I like a story that hangs around in my brain for awhile when I'm done reading. This is one. Why only four stars? Because I know Sarah's next book will be even better.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gavin Ramstead on November 1, 2012
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I really wanted to love this book. Unfortunately, I didn't. While I agree with other posters that the subject matter is brave, the theme is definitely worth exploring, and that it took guts to write, I felt that overall, it wasn't very well executed. There were some scenes that shone. The author is clearly in her element when it comes to vividly describing hot, heavy, anything-but-traditional sex. These scenes were given much love that I felt was missing from other parts of the book.

One of the major detractors of the book for me was the poor editing. The book had multiple grammatical and even spelling errors and the writing often felt disjointed and choppy. In some scenes, disjointed and choppy can add to the overall atmosphere, but in others, it's really distracting. The book should have gone through at least another round of editing.

I also felt like the author was guilty, to a certain extent, of a flaw that she points out in one of her own characters. Because of the extensive name dropping and references to what I assume are greats in the field of erotic literature, I felt left out since I didn't have any sort of background in that type of literature. It's like having a conversation with friends who continuously keep making references to their own little in-jokes. They only serve to shut out anyone who isn't in on the joke. The unfortunate effect is that this book is not a great choice for someone who is making their first foray into erotica.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Priscilla Long on March 12, 2013
Format: Paperback
Sex, in Sex and Death in the American Novel by Sarah Martinez, is a long, slow, highly spiced meal, a dance, a quest, a search for a lost father in the shape of the lover, a trespass of conventional boundaries, a seeking after freedom and after art. This spectacular first novel is about grief and longing and literature. It's also a page-turner. I fell in love with Vivi, dancer and writer, and with both her lovers. In the end this is a deeply romantic love story about writing and dancing and loving in which the heroine must go to the wilderness alone to face down her demons. She returns to a sweeter and more generous (but still unconventional) intimacy. Read this novel!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Indy Skies on April 6, 2013
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I had fun reading this book. Does it get much better than that? I became involved with the narrator. I got to know her and to understand her and to care about her. I whipped through pages (or whatever they're called on a Kindle) wanting to know what would happen to her. How would her issues get resolved? Everything I wanted to learn was answered and I felt good about the various resolutions.

"Sex and Death in the American Novel" is called erotica. OK. There are certainly some very graphic and detailed descriptions of sexual encounters. However, when I think back on this novel, those scenes will have faded from my memory. Not that they weren't well crafted; they were. They simply had little interest for me. What will stay with me is the narrator's fight with her own demons; her struggle to BE in the way that is truest and most honest for her; her very human need to connect meaningfully to people who will permit her to BE.

Other reviewers have noted the large number of references to other literary works. For some people, that was apparently a distraction. For me, it was delightful. Since I had no familiarity with erotica (except for the obvious big names like Nin and Miller), I eagerly looked up each and every author Martinez mentioned. It was a great education for me in an area I'd known little to nothing about.

It was also interesting to consider the narrator's views about what's considered "literature" and what isn't. They annoyed me sometimes. But it wasn't annoyance that made me want to abandon reading. Quite the contrary. It made me want to climb into Viviana's (the narrator's) world and engage her in debate.

I've given only three stars for technical, not substantive, reasons.
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