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Barbara: A Novel of First-Time Intimate Sexual Adventure Paperback – March 25, 2008
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From the Author
This book is a bit of penance for me, penance for the transgressions of youth, for the inexcusable insensitivity and selfishness that comes with adolescence. Since I am not a Catholic, I can't do the three million or so Hail Mary's it would take to achieve absolution for my early sins, so the words that follow will have to suffice.
I feel I must warn the reader that what you are about to read contains sexually graphic scenes, and that I hold little or nothing back in my descriptions. My intent, however, was not to write a sex novel, but to create in the reader an understanding of the need for honesty and caring and empathy in any intimate encounter, especially those that might be a first experience for one or the other partner.
Finally, though the disclaimer appears earlier, I should reiterate that this is a work of fiction and that none of the characters are real. It is informed, of course, by real experiences. If you recognize yourself or someone you know, it is only because at least some of these experiences may be universal and you or your acquaintance may at some time in your lives have experienced similar things.
From the Inside Flap
Explicitly sexual, though never crude, R. LeBeaux's new novel, Barbara, is both heart wrenching and spiritually uplifting. Through page after page, the word that kept coming to my mind was, "real." These people are real. As one who grew up in the 1960's in Florida, I often felt I had been one of these people out there on the beach discussing God, the world and everything. As I remember, we were quite certain we had the answers--If not all, at least a good many more than the "clueless" generation that preceded us. This novel is a triumphant portrayal of all that is beautiful about sexual intimacy, love and respect, even when--perhaps especially when--experienced for the first time by unspoiled innocents. I couldn't put it down until the last page. I envy all who still have the reading of Barbara ahead of them... Enjoy. - The Reverend Dr. Angeline Theisen
What a rumbustious, rollicking, sweet holy monster of a book! I admit that what I thought I was getting when I first started reading was "Orgasms I Have Known," but what I encountered instead - and what held me spellbound - was the story of a man's search for self-knowledge through intimacy. This is some of the most compulsive reading I've had in quite a few years. I literally couldn't wait to see what would befall Tom next, thanks to the book's cast of endearing and lovingly-rendered female characters. And while our hero does indeed grow sadder as he becomes wiser, there is an underlying celebration of life in all its untidy, awful and exuberantly glorious aspects that keeps the proceedings from becoming maudlin. This is an uncommonly rich reading experience. - Burt Kempner--Wordtender, writer for Screen, Stage & the Page.
Barbara is an erotically provocative novel that wrings emotion from every pore. Tom, the protagonist, has decades to come to terms with his conflicts and confusions, but the reader gets it all in one mighty wallop. A must read!! - Elaine Campbell Smith, published novelist/short story writer and former Senior Editor of Snap Magazine.
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Don't let the cover and/or description fool you into thinking this is some trashy novel. Oh no. The story is beautiful, has depth, and very emotional at the end. It is, however, for the mature.
If you were in high school during the 60's, you'll probably enjoy this book. This is one I won't forget for a long time.
From the physicalBarbara: A Novel of First-Time Intimate Sexual Adventure details, to the threads of truth which
are sewn throughout its fabric, it is a joy to read and a work
This is more than just a coming-of-age novel.
These words seem to speak from the mind of a true seeker.