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  • By harriger
    May 10, 2010
    This enjoyable novella from first-time novelist Gina Magini is something of a blend of Joanne Harris's "Chocolat" and Henry Miller's "Tropic of Cancer," only written with a baudy and rambunctious sense of humor that moves the erotica genre in an entirely new direction. Like "Chocolat," the book deals with a sensual awakening among rural town folks, forcing them into a confrontation between piety and sensuality, and like a good Henry Miller novel, we get treated to some campy eroticism with a decidedly humorous twist. Set in the Dust Bowl era among simple country folks, it explores the idea of learning to be happy with what you have, as well as being careful what you wish for, because you just might get your wish. When a gypsy caravan comes to town, the somewhat happily-married Amos and a host of other menfolk pay a visit to the mysterious Apolena, a beautiful gypsy. Each man harbors sensual wishes, and each man makes some sort of move on the woman. One... More > man insults the gypsy, and in return she casts a pall, or dark spell, upon the county. Upon returning home, Amos finds his normally subdued wife Martha is now possessed of a wild and wanton sexuality that never seems to be sated. She insists that she loves Amos more than ever, and that her wandering eye is just a way to take care of her insatiable itch for more wild sex. Amos is both shocked and wildly aroused by his wife's change, but as the days pass, he becomes worn out and worried about the future, as Martha has completely abandoned her daily life and replaced it with a constant need to be fulfilled. The gypsy's spell has affected the rest of the town as well, and manifests itself in a hilarious way in another local man named Emery Jewel. Jewel is the man who insulted the gypsy and is fully to blame for the spell. His predicament is outrageous, and one of the more humorous situations in the novella. In fact, it reminded me of a situation in a classic, campy horror film made in the 1950s. I won't reveal it here, however. Read the book and discover it for yourself. At wit's end, both Amos and Emery Jewel finally visit an old woman who claims she's able to reverse the gypsy's spell. After some negotiations with the old lady, Amos and Jewel get the curse reversed and life begins to return to normal. People all over the county who'd been afflicted with the curse come to realize that the bizarre experiences in their lives, no matter how disrupting they may have been, have taught them all a valuable lesson about what's important in their, friends and the love and respect they need to show for each other.< Less
  • By leopjhawk
    May 6, 2010
    While this is a book of erotica it also has a storyline that is well-plotted and leaves the reader eager for what comes next. The book seized my attention and I found myself unwilling to put it down, reading it in one session. Along with details of life in the dustbowl days there is plenty of unusual sexual behavior to keep a person interested. I give this book a thumbs-up.
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First Edition
Self published through Lulu
April 30, 2010
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.27 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
4.25 wide x 6.88 tall
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