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Never Easy Paperback – May 24, 2012
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Both "One-Eyed Dad" and "Penguin" read more like fiction that gets intercourse right than straight up genre pieces. There are no long passages describing anatomy in excruciating detail. Nothing is described as ropey. For inexperienced lads experiencing multiple firework displays their first time, you'll have to look elsewhere. Across the book, the scenes are unexpected and exciting. The stories have great range, from Johnny Murdoc's totally believable and realistic older neighbor next door in "The Other Man" to the more fantastic but also more titillating tale of the boyfriend's brothers in Natty Soltesz's story. This genre works best when it has some grounding in reality, which all these stories do. I'm really excited to see what else Murdoc puts out under this new micro-pub. These stories share the theme of "I can't believe this is happening, but it is." You've heard the local legends, now see them for yourself.
Never Easy is definitely not one of those form novels, but rather a breath of literary fresh air. Of course, for readers of Murdoc, Wolfsham, and Soltesz, this should come as no surprise. Although all three are masters of the erotic sequence, they are all even more so storytellers in the truest sense. Each author comes with their own eloquent and unique style, but all share a common understanding of American disillusionment.
For example, Wolfsham's masterful "One-Eyed Dad," about a listless young man attending his best friend's wedding, is as much about the quarter-life search for identity as it is about the inevitable sexual scenario he wanders into. It's gem amongst the collection, but also definitive of what the entire book is all about: That delicate moment when sex and real life, not imagined flights of fantasy, intertwine. From Soltesz's wistful take to Murdoc's erotic realism, each author brings a definitive sense of longing and Americana to their sexual exploits.
Never Easy is a collection full of lush prose, raw talent, and legitimate arousal. Highly recommended.
Challenging, complicated, like those dreams where you're trying to get some but you get interrupted - but in a fun way.