Married But Looking
Livingston Press, University of West Alabama
, 2011 - Fiction
- 219 pages
Fiction. Unabashedly funny—at turns dirty, revolting, tender and sarcastic—Daniel S. Libman's stories bring us a new style that is part inner dialogue, part comic monologue—Grace Paley meets Charles Bukowski. Armed with a comic's wit and a poet's ear, Libman celebrates marriage by excoriating what it falls prey to and must overcome: adultery, lusts and longings, dalliances both real and imagined. Here we see the fantasies of the adulterer, the dark paranoid world of the cuckold, and surprisingly, the willingness of couples to stay together, with their tenuous, often funny steps forward after transgression. Taken together, these short works are a testament to the marriage and its demands of love, humor, and the sheer persistence of the human heart.
A widower celebrates the end of his life by preparing a fancy dinner for a call girl. A young opera singer finds her boyfriend is engaged to someone else. A man forces his wife to ride a tandem bike with him as penance for cheating. A man valiantly attempts to prevent his wife from selling their wedding dress at a garage sale.