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Butterfly Mass Market Paperback – September, 1989
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From Publishers Weekly
The pseudonymous Harvey's vivid, imaginative tale of a unique Beverly Hills brothel called Butterfly focuses on its wealthy founder, and three of her troubled female patrons. Discreetly located above an elegant men's clothing store, the brothel features costumed male "companions"a masked burglar, a Confederate soldier, a Versailles courtier, a cowboycapable of fulfilling any woman's needs and fantasies. Lawyer Jessica Franklin goes there for relief from her cold, intimidating husband; Dr. Linda Markus tries to cure her frigidity; Trudie Stein wants affirmation of her feminity. Behind the scenes is Butterfly's owner, Beverly Highland, whose harrowing life story is interspersed with the current action of the tale . Having run away from home in New Mexico at age 14 after being abused by her alcoholic father, Beverly succumbed to the rough-hewn charm of Danny Mackay, who put her to work in a squalid brothel and forced her to abort their baby. Vowing revenge, plain Beverly attains beauty through plastic surgery, becomes an affluent California entrepreneur and cunningly plots against Mackay, now an influential TV evangelist and presidential candidate. Glamour, wickedness and passion spark this highly commercial novel, which builds to a dramatic and unexpected conclusion. $75,000 ad/promo; first serial to Cosmopolitan; Troll Book Club main selection.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
“A steamy story of violence, sin, and corruption.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“Glamour, wickedness and passion.” —Publishers Weekly
“Sizzling!” —New York Daily News
“Immensely readable.” —Chicago Tribune
"Butterfly is a great read I’d recommend to anyone who enjoys a hot sexxy read with a side of revenge." —-Read Our Lips!
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
Butterfly is a revenge story, yes, but it's placed in a radical feminist context. Danny is the principle antagonist, but he is only epresentative of an overallpatriarchal system that is hostile and subjegating toward women. The theme arises over and over, involving, to varying degrees, nearly every female character in the book. Also woven throughout the pages are the radical feminist themes of sexual segregation and sexual liberation, presented in what I consider the proper manner of denouncing the patriarchal system without denouncing individual men. The fates of the individual women reflect just as individually on how a male-dominated society has impacted them. Also interesting is the concept of power, how Danny sees it as coming from control and the Beverly, the protagonist, exceeds him by acquiring it through cooperation.
The characters seem real in both motive and reaction. There are two elements of a plot that I adore: interweaving several subplots so that they come together seamlessly at the end, and sudden twists and turns. This novel has both. It is compelling and absorbing.
** POSSIBLE SPOILER **
The ending is resolved completely and deeply satisfying.
My wife, though she did finish it years ago, plans to read it again. I don't blame her. I surely will someday myself. This is one of those books that stand out.
I recently bought myself a Kindle and just by chance decided to see if I could find it. OMG, it was there. I could not put my Kindle down. I read on my breaks and at lunch. I would wake up thinking about reading this book. Kathryn Harvey had me from page one! The book was full of pain, heartache, sex, violence, and shear revenge. You feel like you are in the room with these characters! Rachel Dwyer is my "Hero". I want to shake her hand and give her a hug and a high five!
OMG! You will not regret reading this book!OMG!
I am looking forward to reading more from this author!
I can't remember where I heard about this book, but it was just recently and can't imagine why I just heard about it since it was originally published some time ago. I absolutely loved it this book and can't wait to read Stars and Private Entrance. I wasn't able to find any of these three at any used book stores but of course found them here on Amazon. This one was worth every penny, is a keeper and will stand the test of time. I honestly don't know what "tag" this would fall into. Maybe I hadn't noticed it before since it doesn't easily go into a category, IMHO.