Teenage angst is all grown up—but no less fraught with sexual misadventure and gnawing insecurity—in Hopkins’s fearless first novel for adults written entirely in verse. For restless writer and mother-of-three Holly, her looming 40th birthday prompts increasingly risky sexual behavior (inspiration for her sizzling-hot erotica), even as her rebellious teenage daughter charges down her own dangerous sexual path. Meanwhile, Andrea, one divorce and one affair with a married man already under her belt, finds comfort with Holly’s husband after he discovers that Holly has been doing her erotica homework with another man. And while Andrea’s sister Marissa cares for her dying five-year-old daughter and her gay teenage son, her marriage crumbles under the weight of betrayal, anger, and guilt. Written in her signature poetic verse style, Hopkins (Crank) delivers a raw and riveting tale of love and forgiveness that will captivate readers. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 08/22/2011 Release date: 10/01/2011 Genre: Fiction
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