- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 4, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1467910589
- ISBN-13: 978-1467910583
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,788,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Common Garden: Sensuality and Seduction Paperback – November 4, 2011
From the Back Cover
THE READER WILL be seduced by this smorgasbord of sexual encounters in this look at an eerie Upper East Side clique in 1970s Manhattan. Sensual abandon is balanced by the realization that evil can lurk in loveless carnal knowledge. Vivid descriptions are presented not only of sex but the city as experienced by one naive visitor over hot summer months several decades ago. Ms. Moffett's limpid, crystalline prose enchances her erotica.
--Rosemary Jones, Co-Founder, Key West Literary Seminar
MARTHA MOFFETT is a feminist Edgar Allan Poe! Was Manhattan in the mid-seventies as decadent as Paris in the 1750s? Soho, the West Side, Midtown, Chinatown, the Village: all the island's neighborhoods pulse with a sexual energy that resembles a vast subterranean Gothic dungeon...or a secluded rose in bloom.
--Kevin T. McEneaney, author of "Tom Wolfe's America: Heroes, Pranksters, and Fools
A NEIGHBORHOOD that feels like a sexual coven. Practiciing pleasure that turns into nightmarish visions, often drug-induced, but also real....Elegantly written, sparkling with intelligence, Martha Moffett's novel presents a young, naive married woman from Ohio who spends a summer in a borrowed brownstone on New York's East Side and discovers who she is--or, more importantly, is not. As we follow her sexual encounters in the drug-fogged, acid-tripping 1970s, we understand Robin's evolution. THE COMMON GARDEN shines with New York gloss, a subtle valentine to the city's ambience at a time of profound change. The novel is an uncommon garden, one with earthly--and literary--delights on every page.
--Barbara Dinerman, author of "H: A Novel"
About the Author
Martha Leatherwood Moffett was born at the end of a dirt road in St. Clair County, Alabama. She lived for a few wonderful years in Manhattan, worked in publishing in New York City (GQ, American Heritage Dictionary, Ladies' Home Journal) and wrote for Cosmopolitan, New York Magazine, British Heritage, and others. Then she returned to a small town and another dirt road in South Florida (not by choice) where for several years she was chief librarian at The National Enquirer. (Asked what that was like, she says, "It's like being flung into a Victorian Workhouse.") Now she remains in Florida because she won't be separated from her circle of friends and Situationist associates. Martha writes in several forms: novels, essays, children's books, poetry. She has won two Florida State Council on the Arts individual fellowships, one for short fiction and one for playwriting, and a Yaddo fellowship.
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based on a wonderful conceit - that the open areas in back of
the buildings on a New York street - could be, were, joined together
to create a common garden in which various fantasies of communality
in the atmosphere generated in the 1960's could be played out
and their dynamics examined.
I read it as I say, 25 years ago, and then it disappeared from
view, but here so deservedly it has been brought back and reappears,
carrying with it the atmosphere of a time which permanently transformed
the culture of the United States - particularly urban United States.
A lovely present for new readers.