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Product Details

  • Paperback: 394 pages
  • Publisher: (June 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0557472407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0557472406
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,899,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


Silver Medal Winner for Erotica - the Independent Publisher Book Awards 2011

"...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." -

"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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"Freak Parade is a no-holds barred erotic novel with a social conscience. Marilyn Jaye Lewis has a lot to say -- and she's not afraid to say it -- about fame and infamy, class and gender, sex and real estate, and love and humanity. Despite having seen it all (and perhaps having done it all!), Marilyn Jaye Lewis hasn't lost one iota of her generous spirit, enormous heart, and fierce talent." - Janice Eidus, author of The War of the Rosens

"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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laurie A. Heller on July 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
I have been a loyal reader of Marilyn Jaye Lewis's work for a long time and am always enraptured by her stories, their tremendous readability factor with razor sharp wit and wisdom, and naturally, the highly charged erotic weave. Yet, I have never been as compelled to write a book review as I was the moment I (reluctantly) closed her latest masterpiece, Freak Parade. My first thought was "She has to write a sequel!"

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Bass on July 24, 2010
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In Freak Parade Marilyn Jaye Lewis takes the reader on an exciting romp through a Manhattan of the very recent past that is surely as extinct as the days of trolley cars and vaudeville. The action starts in a posh Central Park West penthouse where retired rock star Eugenia (Genie) Sharpe has just discovered that her partner, music-industry mogul Daryl, for whom she has given up her career, has been two-timing her with a wide assortment of freaky wannabe starlets. This discovery propels Genie back into the downtown world from which she emerged - a world that is on the cusp of changing from the dangerous, gritty place she remembered into the fashionable, gentrified, and less-edgy destination of young, middle-class fun-seekers it has since become.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Pritchard on August 3, 2010
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This erotic novel is about a washed-up pop singer in New York who has to go out and get a job, start taking responsibility for herself, and stop making so many bad decisions. Along the way, she continues making a lot of bad decisions, has sex with a lot of people while working out some daddy issues, and finally meets the love of her life. A fan of the author's work, I really enjoyed her direct, passionate and compassionate writing. Her erotic scenes, characterized by a wonderful clarity and sense of pacing, are as messed-up and hot as ever. I wanted even more! And I loved the glimpses into New York bohemian culture around the end of the 1990s, when apparently even the bohemians, thanks to the trickle down of all that money, found ways to live fairly high off the hog. You'll really enjoy this novel.
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