Seconds of Pleasure: Stories

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Grove Press, 2004 - Fiction - 223 pages
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Neil LaBute is best known for his controversial films In the Company of Men and Your Friends and Neighbors, and his plays The Mercy Seat and The Shape of Things-which he also adapted for the screen. His short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker and Harper's Bazaar, among others. Now, in his debut collection of stories, he brings to the page his cutting humor and compelling take on the shadowy terrain of the human heart. Seductive and disturbing, the stories in Seconds of Pleasure are not for the faint of heart. Each potent and pithy tale finds men and women exploiting-or at the mercy of-the hidden fault lines that separate them: a woman leaves her family at their vacation home after discovering her husband in a compromising situation in "Time Share"; a middle-aged man obsesses over a scab on the calf of a pretty young girl in "Boo-Boo"; and a vain Hollywood actor gets his comeuppance in "Soft Target." Infused with LaBute's trademark wit and black humor, Seconds of Pleasure unleashes his imagination in stories that offer unflinching insight into our very human shortcomings and impure urges with shocking candor.
  

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The 20 stories that make up LaBute's debut collection all revolve around a moment of pleasure. Sometimes those moments are disastrous: in "Time Share," a man's wife catches him with someone else ... Read full review

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Contents

Maraschino
17
TimeShare
22
BooBoo
39
Opportunity
49
Spring Break
64
Wait
74
Layover
78
A Second of Pleasure
86
Full Service
131
Loose Change
142
Switzerland
154
Los Feliz
169
Some Do It Naturally
176
Grand Slam
192
Whitecap
201
Soft Target
205

Look at Her
102
Ravishing
108
Open All Night
113
Acknowledgments
223
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Page 2 - Yep, got myself hitched about two years ago now and it's great, it really is, but marriage takes up a lot of time and energy if you do it right. That's what they tell me, anyway. A solid marriage is a real commitment.
Page 3 - A couple hearts broken, no doubt, trampled and left in the ditch along the roadside of love.
Page 4 - And the past is called that for a reason. Because it is behind us, which is good enough for me.

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Neil LaBute is an American film director, screenwriter and playwright.

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