Jessica Gross. Unnamed, $18 trade paper (144p) ISBN 978-1-9512-1312-1
A young woman’s downward spiral into alcohol and sex leads to a personal breakthrough in Gross’s intoxicating debut. After the unnamed protagonist hooks up with one of her psychiatrist parents’ colleagues, Dr. Langham, during a weekly dinner party, then with Sam, her roommate’s brother, during a chance encounter, she decides that the new bartender at a local dive, Pilz Bar, is Sigmund Freud reincarnated. Meanwhile, Sam appears at a friend’s house party, having developed feelings for her (“I actually like you”), much to her frustration. Her complex feelings about older men coalesce when she returns to Pilz Bar to confront the man she calls “Freud,” and an odd, imagined client-therapist relationship begins. Gross’s aptitude for shocking yet highly sensory prose propels the reader along the protagonist’s bender, all the way to rock bottom. The narrator’s perfectly rendered inner monologue, replete with her nuanced urges and obsessions, will make readers wonder if they’re getting to know her better than she knows herself, and Gross succeeds in capturing the complexities of sex addiction. It is every bit a page-turner as it is a descent into sexual madness. Agent: Stephanie Delman, Sanford J. Greenburger Assoc. (Aug.)
Reviewed on : 05/15/2020
Release date: 08/01/2020
Genre: Fiction
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