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Queen of Hearts Paperback – November 6, 2013
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About the Author
DAHLIA SCHWEITZER is a writer, teacher, and former cabaret star who has toured widely in Europe and the United States. Schweitzer's works include the books Breathe With Me, Queen of Hearts, Seduce Me, Lovergirl, and I've Been a Naughty Girl; essays in publications including Hyperallergic, Jump Cut, and The Journal of Popular Culture; and an album of electronic dance music, Plastique. Dahlia currently teaches classes on writing, art, and film in Los Angeles while working towards her PhD in Cinema and Media Studies at UCLA. Her book Cindy Sherman's Office Killer: Another Kind of Monster will be published in 2014.
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Point blank: another illustrious book from Dahlia that will leave you wishing for more – 1 book is great but 3+ books of continuous story telling would be amazing. (not so subtle request for a trilogy series – please!)
She comes at things from a unique perspective: a true romantic, and yet not lost in a daze. Her voice can be focused and analytic even as she's describing longing or love. She can be cutting and critical, but there's always a hint of caring as well.
Dahlia is also unafraid of sex or sexuality, and uses her talents as a writer to clearly and lucidly examine the human heart with wit, wisdom, and a touch of warmth, even as her characters go through the kind of ridiculous, embarrassing, flawed struggles to find happiness in a filled with challenges that can speak to us all.
The story reflects true Angeleno life as it dives into relationships that stutter start, never end properly, intertwine, come and go, and eventually fall into place. This is not only an erotic novel, this is real compass on human relationship experience—conveyed through excellent writing. It reflects the genuine better half of the Los Angeles social life. The places are real and the characters believable.
Beyond the depth of the eroticism, he story has depth in its closeness to the magician, depth in the explanation of how he (more than one) found his craft. This depth is the gift of the story.
Most importantly, I felt safe riding shotgun in the further adventures of Lovergirl's Adrian as she navigates the long end of one relationship and the slow buildup into her next. Even though I knew who she'd go with my second time through, I yet found myself eagerly anticipating the next twist and turn through Adrian's chaotic and entertaining love life. Subplots are engaging, her dog is lovely, Adrian's world still resonates in my head days after setting QoH down the second time.
Queen Of Hearts is a book I'm proud to own, given that I'm likely to pick it back up to reread in a couple months. Again. That's what I call money and precious time well spent!