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Homes writes beautiful and moving stories about filthy and deranged activities. Compared to some of her former books, this one is a little more conventional, centering on the alienated and destructive activities of a suburban couple who one day attempt to burn down their house. There is an adulterous affair, beautifully described, a torrid lesbian affair, a cop attempts a rape, and other weirdness, as well as a somewhat over-the-top dramatic climax, but one is left primarily with the sour, sardonic humor through which one can yet see the essential humanity of the hero-couple.
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The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus

Elaine and Paul intentionally set their house on fire one afternoon by tipping over their Weber grill. The fire symbolizes the need to rebuild their failing marriage and continue to work on their relationships with their sons. Incidentally, they need to rebuild parts of the house too. Do you sense the re-building theme here....??
The review of this Book prepared by Nancy Hochman

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   seduction (yum!)    -   rekindling lost love/marriage Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Father (or standin)    -   Mother (or standin)    -   Son    -   Daughter    -   Grandma    -   Husband    -   Wife Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   midlife crisis    -   vague finding self/purpose in life (i.e. no plot to book) Crime & Police story    -   Yes Kind of sex:    -   rape Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Parents/lack of parents problem?    -   rebelling against parent's expectations Taboo sex story?    -   Yes Married, fooling around?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male    -   Female Profession/status:    -   business executive Age:    -   40's-50's


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Misc setting    -   moving train

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   licking    -   lesbians!    -   actual description of hetero sex    -   Boob talk!    -   Vagia talk!    -   Weiner talk! Lot of foul language?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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