There are some pretty weird things going on in the backwoods along the Fox River, just beyond Chicago's far-western suburbs. Twenty-four-year old Raedawn Somershoe and her mom Gelia are trailer trash, women of ill repute, who have worked their sexual wiles on many men in nearby Berne, Ill., not to mention any number of truckers and passing strangers. They live just outside of town with a variety of ill-sorted, half-feral family members and lovers and are mostly content with life. Then a corrupt developer decides that he wants their riverside property as the site for posh new townhouses and he won't take no for an answer. This turns out to be a mistake because the Somershoes have a powerful sexual magic, magic rooted deeply in the trees and the river, and the earth itself. Alexander Caebeau, a homesick Bahamian who runs heavy machinery for the construction company building the townhouses, quickly falls under Raedawn's spell. Then, after an enormous piece of construction machinery is found disassembled overnight, Caebeau is made night watchman and discovers that he has a marvelous and marvel-filled fate in store for him. Filled with oddly bent characters, lovingly detailed descriptions of the Illinois countryside, and just the right amount of magic, Stevenson's first novel is at once sexy, beautifully written and passing strange.
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They squat in colonies on the banks of a river around which surburbs sprawl: slutty women with unmatched outfits and out-of-fashion hair, whose wild, truant children of curiously invisible fathers are brought up to be equally slutty and unfashionable. Trailer trash. Their decrepit mobile homes stand between the river and a luxurious new housing development. But that's not all that stands between the developers and their dreamed-of riches. For Raedawn Somershoe and her mother, Gelia, aren't just trampy and looking for quickies from the construction workers (though they are that, too). They are as close as a modern suburb can come to real elemental powers-- women who make love with the trees and the earth, as well as pretty much any human males they encounter. Hardly what environmentalists mean when they say "tree-hugger," the Somershoes are powerful allies in the natural world's attempt to survive urbanization, and they use sex as their most potent tactic. Vivid, strange, pulsing with life, this is an unforgettable debut by a promising author. Patricia Monaghan
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. . . and that's just fine. This is my kind of escapist literature, which is scary, edgy, and disturbing in a charming way. "Trash Sex Magic" literally flirts with the reader. Read morePublished on August 21, 2012 by statuscrow
The sex and the magic are great. Ms. Stevenson has a great sense of humor that doesn't get in the way of the dramatic tension - of which there is quite a bit. Read morePublished on December 27, 2009 by Robert Dove
Trash Sex Magic is about, well, what's in the title. The magical stability of a riverside part of land is in trouble, and can only be solved with sexual magic. Read morePublished on November 6, 2009 by A. D. MacFarlane
I have a girlfriend who brings self help books over to my house and says, "This book is so great, as I read it I kept thinking, yes, that's what I've been doing for years! Read morePublished on May 7, 2008 by Rachel Creager Ireland
Wonderful story that quickly manages to bring in interesting characters, a truly alive environment for the story, and the magic between them all that keeps things going. Read morePublished on April 7, 2008 by Craig J. Pizzuti
Truthfully, this book is a challenge; but not one through which it's impossible to find enjoyment and amazement. Read morePublished on July 20, 2007 by Bluestem
Hard to believe no one's reviewed this book! My 15-year-old daughter and I both found it powerful and original. Read morePublished on February 16, 2007 by Vita
"Trash Sex Magic" is a beautiful book, which is quite a surprise considering that the two main characters are a mother-daughter pair of white trash sluts who live in a trailer near... Read morePublished on January 20, 2007 by Melissa N.