Meeting the Master: Stories about Mastery, Slavery, and the Darker Side of Desire

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Grove/Atlantic, Incorporated, 1998 - Fiction - 224 pages
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Written with an astonishing voice that penetrates wisdom far beyond the author's years, Meeting the Master is a provocative exploration of the pleasures and rituals of dominance and submission.In Wald's darkly erotic stories, characters enact the intricate and subtle ways that dominance and submission play a role in their daily lives: a young girl dreams of submitting to a boy who's not interested in controlling her, an ex-convict is so accustomed to serving his cellmate that he cannot adjust to the outside world, a professional dominatrix is beaten at her own game by a psychiatrist, and a student lies his way into the home of an army recruiter in order to become his houseboy.A subtle, beautifully crafted collection, Meeting the Master presents an accomplished new author whose lyrical economy and ability to see the erotic in everyday life make her stories a riveting pleasure to read.

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MEETING THE MASTER: Stories about Mastery, Slavery, and the Darker Side of Desire

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Strange and unsettling stories of sadomasochism (originally self-published) from a newcomer who obviously knows the territory. Most literary depictions of the S&M scene simply aim for titillation, but ... Read full review

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The title is misleading. The short story, "The Illustrating Man" is a course on putting a face in or on a place that most defines you......or me. Where and what is yours?

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