The mood turns dark, however, with the introduction of Patrick, a thirtysomething Wall Street trader who collects women and spends his evenings tying them up in his room. In short order the book's easy comedy is torqued into something more dramatic by Patrick's descent into violence. That Schickler doesn't play to his strengths is not necessarily a bad thing: one admires a writer who reaches beyond facility to something more difficult. But the transition from lighthearted sexual ronde to dirty realism is a bit bumpy. On the other hand, the novel's picture of a dark, desire-ridden Manhattan is an attractively seductive slice of escapism. The linked-stories format gives rise to a feeling of multiplicity, which is just the right tone for a book about a city crowded with pleasures. Describing James, a love-struck young accountant, Schickler writes: "His mind tonight was on the fine and the illicit pleasures of the planet, on their merits and dispersement. Some people cut daisies, thought James. Some visit Wales, or choose cocaine, or dig latrines for the poor and the weak." Everyone, it seems, is after something different. But it's desire itself that interests the author of Kissing in Manhattan. --Claire Dederer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I was lucky enough to stumble across this title at a used bookstore, and it was so great that I ended up giving the book away and purchasing an e-book version of it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Supertuber
A very unusual story that had a bit of everything. It was cleverly written, thought-provoking, hilarious, kinky, disturbing, and emotional. I really enjoyed reading this book.Published 3 months ago by Tania Eddingsaas
4.5 stars. Interconnected short stories; emotional but never maudlin, quirky without being insufferable about it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by J.C. Lillis
I thought this was going to be a novel. I didn't realize it was a group of short stories interconnected with recurring characters. The first story was very promising. Read morePublished 6 months ago by adorian
“Kissing in Manhattan,” which comprises eleven inter-linked stories set in and around a mysterious apartment house called the Preemption, is a pleasant little book. Read morePublished 6 months ago by M. Feldman
This was my bookclub's choice this month and I was super tentative going in. I had read bad reviews and the word "kissing" is in the title which raised a red flag with me. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amber
Some have figured out that David Schickler is one of the most unique writers to publish in quite some time. Read morePublished 15 months ago by G. S. Thompson
The stories in "Kissing in Manhattan" are rich and varied. "Jacob's Bath" was probably the best story in the
book~ I was very moved by the beautiful ending. Read more
From the first time I read "The Smoker," an excerpt from this fantastic little novel, I was hooked! The characters, stories, and plots really resonate with the way I perceive the... Read morePublished 19 months ago by TK