In the Cut

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Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, Nov 22, 1996 - New York (N.Y.) - 272 pages
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We hear the wry, brazenly honest voice of an intelligent, self-determined woman living alone in New York City. She's a teacher of writing and a scholar of language in all its eccentricities, its vagaries of meaning and effect. She likes her solitude, when she chooses it; her students, when they don't follow her home; men, when they don't expect her to belong to them. She's as unblinking and acute in her observations about herself as she is about other people. Uncertainty interests her - the wish to be surprised: "I have a...certain incautious adaptability." She has chosen a private, if unsheltered, life, and she is utterly unprepared for the danger that awaits her. In the aftermath of a particularly gruesome murder in her neighborhood, she finds herself in the grip of an unfamiliar, mounting terror. She propels herself into a risky sexual liaison, as if to test the limits of her own safety, her knowledge of the world, and her ability to interpret it - both its language and its unspoken signs. But as her fears and passions grow, she is increasingly wary not only of this one man but of every man with whom she has contact. It becomes clear that her passion, once a way of gaining control over chaos, is, instead, chaos itself. And by the time a second murder occurs, her darkest suspicions already may have been overwhelmed by the darker desires she has discovered in herself.

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I liked the raw sex scenes. - Goodreads
Unpleasant, brutal, with a depressing ending. - Goodreads
Sexy, thrilling and unusual storytelling. - Goodreads
Man, this book has messed up sex scenes. - Goodreads
Short book but very interesting prose. - Goodreads
The best part of the book, is the ending. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Marty Greenwell - Goodreads

One of those "pick me off the shelf at FPL without looking" books. Short book but very interesting prose. About a female Writing teacher and cops she inadvertently meet. The description is a erotic ... Read full review

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User Review  - Shanel Kendrick - Goodreads

The best part of the book, is the ending. I don't think I've ever read a better conclusion. The simplicity of it was soothing and the gravity of it was astonishing. Hard to get through, though. But well worth it. Read full review


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About the author (1996)

Susanna Moore is the author of several novels including My Old Sweetheart which won the Ernest Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for First Fiction and the Sue Kaufman First Fiction Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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