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Summary ~ From Publishers Weekly
In Bauman’s overwrought debut, 1890s Bostonian Ada Pryce longs to escape the restrictions of a sexually frustrating, socially constricting marriage with tyrannical Edward, a gentleman hobbyist. Though he is an advocate of Karezza (spiritual purity through sexual deprivation), Edward can’t suppress Ada’s physical desire, first unleashed in a premarital affair with her college Shakespeare professor, nor can he rein in her intellectual tendencies, encouraged by friends but frowned upon by Ada’s Boston society matron mother. When Edward brings home a trio of orchid hunters—William Parrish, Walter Kebble and Jao da Cunha—opportunity for an Amazonian adventure knocks at Ada’s door. Bauman’s spirited heroine, range of settings and intimate knowledge of turn-of-the-century society impress, but they get smothered in descriptions of sexual dissatisfaction and rhapsodies on the erotic beauty of exotic plants. The overripe language may be meant to dramatize Ada’s unrequited passions, but the humidity makes for more squish than swoon. (June)
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I have one signed copy of this intruiging novel to giveaway to a lucky winner this week. If you would like to enter to win The Disorder of Longing by Natasha Bauman, please leave a comment including your e-mail address below. This giveaway will conclude on Saturday, October 18th at Midnight, EDT. To be eligible for a second chance to win, just blog about this giveaway and include in your comment below the link to your post. If you do not have a blog, please e-mail three people about this giveaway and cc me on it. My e-mail address is PlanetBooksWorldWide@gmail.com. I promise not to use your friends e-mail addresses and will delete your e-mails as soon as I mark that I received them.
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