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Freak Parade Paperback – June 3, 2010
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"...this is a finely crafted erotic story; if you have a weakness for erotica (and don't we all?), or better still, if erotica is one of your vices, or you are curious (always a good thing), then I can recommend Freak Parade as an aid in helping to soothe your own neuroses." - SomethingDark.eu
"A new novel by Marilyn Jaye Lewis, multimedia artist and author of the award-winning novella Neptune and Surf, is something to celebrate. Freak Parade is an accomplishment by an erotic novelist at the height of her powers" - Jean Roberta, ERWA
"Freak Parade is a tour de force, a literary erotic novel that doesn't shy away from the grittier realities of human nature and survival in the city..." - Saskia Walker, The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane
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"Marilyn Jaye Lewis takes readers on a wild tour of the glitz and grime of New York City in all its sexy, sparkling allure... By turns harrowing, amusing, and intensely arousing, Freak Parade is a big, fat page-turner that will have New Yorkers and those who just lust after us compulsively reading." - Rachel Kramer Bussel, editor of Best Sex Writing 2009
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Lewis's reigning lead character, Eugenia Sharpe ("That's right, I used to be famous...") draws the reader right into her decidedly "cool" but also unaffected persona from page 1. With charm and grit, "Genie" takes you where she's been, where she stands (in the penthouse suite of her soon to be former lover and producer, Darryl) and then, fasten your seat belts folks, on her transformative Manhattan voyage of challenge and adventure in page after page of her dark, and ultimately, enlightening discovery of herself and unimaginable future. Eugenia Sharpe is a heroine we adore. She is smart, unabashedly feisty and tenacious.
Lewis does a superb job of narrating from the perspective of Genie. The reader glides through this fascinating character's wonderful streams of consciousness. I found myself sincerely caring about and rooting for Genie throughout the entire book.
All of the characters in Freak Parade are keenly developed, that goes without saying, but each one is so fascinating, unique and authentic that I felt like I was hanging out with a really groovy group of New Yorkers. In fact, when I was not reading Freak Parade, I missed these colorful folks and wished I had friends like them.
The banter between Genie and her friends (Wanda, Chas and Frankie) is splendid. They spin one clever remark after another.Read more ›
Genie is a character in search of both emotional intimacy and sexual fulfillment. Her old downtown life, which she slips back into after leaving Daryl's apartment, provides the latter in spades, in encounters with male and female lovers, both old and new. As in her other books, Lewis is a master at creating achingly intense scenes of erotic abandon in which pain and pleasure collide in an alchemical quest for the philosopher's stone of unbounded ecstasy. Readers who are looking to further their own explorations into this realm will be happily surprised by the places Freak Parade takes them to.
But emotional intimacy is a lot harder to find. Genie thought she had found it with Daryl, and she accepted a reduced sexual-bliss quotient as an acceptable trade-off. The dive bars of downtown Manhattan might seem to be an unlikely place to find a relationship in which emotional intimacy combines with mind-blowing sexual pyrotechnics. Much of the tension in Freak Parade revolves around whether this quest will prove to be successful.Read more ›