Fulton County

James Goldman, Author, Trans International, Author William Morrow & Company $19.95 (414p) ISBN 978-0-688-08815-6
When a traveling strip-show plays the fairgrounds in a small Ohio town, the show's hardboiled creep of a manager starts an affair with a country-club matron, and longstanding marriages, values and friendships are suddenly threatened by unbridled lust and passion. That's the basis for this overheated potboiler with pretensions as a Peyton Place for the '80s. Goldman, novelist ( Myself as Witness ) and screenwriter ( The Lion in Winter ), peoples this trashy, tumescent roadshow with an 18-year-old runaway virgin stripper, a cuckolded car salesman, a rebellious Ohioan turned New York actress, randy teenagers, a matriarch, a sheriff and assorted townies. While the interactions between the locals and the erotic troupe seem contrived, if nothing else, the story illustrates that oral sex while driving a car is dangerous. Other diversions include lesbian sex between strippers, a beating-cum-incest, public masturbation. In the hands of more sympathetic or believable characters, these unzippings might arouse more interest. Literary Guild alternate; major ad/promo; author tour. (July)
Reviewed on: 07/06/1989
Release date: 07/01/1989
Mass Market Paperbound - 978-0-380-71151-2
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