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Arsenal Pulp Press, 2006 - Fiction - 220 pages
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Provocative, observant, and daring, this 1992 novel by one of America's preeminent lesbian writers and thinkers is being reissued for the Little Sister's Classics series. Anna O. is a loner in New York, an office temp obsessed with a mysterious woman in white leather; Doc is a post-Freudian psychiatrist who hands out business cards to likely neurotics on street corners, and is looking for his own personal fulfillment. They befriend each other in the netherworld of the Lower East Side, two unlikely people drawn together by their confusion about and empathy for the world around them and each other. This beautifully written novel is about the fluidity of desire, and how those of us damaged by love can still be transformed by it.

With an introduction by Kevin Killian, a novelist, poet, critic and playwright and the author of Argento Series, I Cry Like a Baby, Shy, and Bedrooms Have Windows, amongst others. He lives in San Francisco.

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Review: Empathy

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This was a very good book. It talked about some pressing matters with humour in them. The last five chapters however made me give the book only four stars, it just got too weird even for me, but then again, this was written in 1992, I wasn't even then :) Read full review

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Kind of exhausting, like being around a really difficult person, but I actually think Schulman would take that as a compliment? You really get a sense of someone so stuck inside her own head and ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Sarah Schulman is the author of eleven previous books, including eight novels, the latest being The Child (2006). As a journalist, her essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, and Interview. She has won a Guggenheim Fellowship and two American Library Association Gay & Lesbian Book Awards. She lives in New York. Kevin Killian is the author of a novel, a short-story collection, and books of poetry; he is also co-author of Poet Be Like God: Jack Spicer and the San Francisco Renaissance. He lives in San Francisco.

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