Mira, Jun 2003, 23.95, 288 pp.
Sisters Sara and Coralee Halprin mourn the death of their mother, but inheriting a fortune makes it easier to deal with the pain. However, the ache intensifies when they learn that their mother's will stipulates that for the two siblings to come into the wealth, they must go into business together.
They brainstorm until they observe the treatment of Kobe cattle that the two Halprins feel are treated better than women are. They open up a spa that caters to pampering women to include a fee for a young stud. The business succeeds and soon Coralee falls in love, marries, and wants to end the sibling partnership to enter a new one with her husband. However, the bottom falls out when Coralee learns she has cancer and the vice squad takes a close look at the erotic aspects of the spa.
SLOW HANDS is an amusing but somewhat melancholy look at life from the viewpoint of neither an optimist nor a pessimist. Instead, the sisters seem more like someone who sliced off the top of the partially filled glass so that it is now full. The story line is filled with depth and though the spa offers sexual pleasures, the plot never turns erotic. Instead fans receive an astute intriguing tale that will turn off some sensitive readers who do not want females compared unfavorably to cows or run businesses with a sexual twist.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner