- File Size: 1884 KB
- Print Length: 46 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Smudge Ink Press (April 24, 2014)
- Publication Date: April 24, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JX4C8MM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,312,005 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Art of Loneliness: An Erotic Tale Kindle Edition
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“Why do we try to make sense of love at all?” Elizabeth, the voice on the radio, asks herself, and we can almost imagine her voice – low, sensual – as she taunts us by evoking our own deep-buried yearnings. On the radio, deep in the night, she speaks to those partisans of the dark, the night people, as they furtively go about their shrouded lives in the darkened city. We learn about Elizabeth and her lover Bobby, with allusions to their recent past, his abandonment of her and their attempt at reuniting. Each one is as bewildered as the other as to why they separated at all. Bobby, who left Elizabeth, cannot find the words to tell her why, but we know that he had loved her, always loved her, and perhaps that intense emotion frightened him for a time, but he cannot live without her, and returns.
Stacey Donovan’s The Art of Loneliness could almost be described as a long poem in blank verse, for its cadence and rhythm, and its seductive imagery and palpable sensuality. This is the way erotica should be as an art form.
Elizabeth’s blindness is the shadow behind the clarity of her pronouncements. Like a poet, she strips language of all but the absolutely essential. Lines from the story seduce the reader and play over and over in the mind like the lyrics from a haunting song. “Love empties you just as completely as it once filled you,” she says and in that one line she has described both the passion and pain of love.
The novel is a balance of radio studio playfulness and the seriousness that Elizabeth demands of herself. What is real and what is imagined dance side by side and the lines become blurred. Elizabeth’s colleagues, Frances and Cisco, share the work and also the pursuit of life’s meaning. They explore each other’s sexuality and the sex is great but it’s not everything. Elizabeth’s loyal and protective dog, Graves, provides a counterpoint to the confusion of human entanglement.
Finally, there is the relationship between a horn player, Bobby, and Elizabeth that is told almost entirely in flashbacks. We see them making love, learning to live together and then inexplicably torn apart when Bobby sets out to make a name for himself and to become worthy of Elizabeth. Their love story is bittersweet, the memories painful and hurtful. The ending comes as a surprise but one that seems completely authentic given Elizabeth’s extraordinary character.
If Joan Didion wrote erotica, this is what it would sound like. Stacey Donovan is a powerful voice in erotica, one who pushes the limits of the genre and redefines it.