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Fever: Sensual Stories by Women Writers

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Michele Slung cluttered Slow Hand, her previous collection of erotica, with psychobabble; mercifully, Fever: Sensual Stories by Women Writers is pompous only in its preface (” the infinite variety of human sexuality will always resist being legislated into a single standard of acceptability”). The rest goes way beyond what you underlined in Wifey when you were 9. It includes good, soft-focus sex riddled with words like ”silken”; bisexual, lesbian, hetero, phone, shoe, and food sex; and safe sex that’s utterly raw. Most of this is also flat-out excellent storytelling. Jenny Diski’s X-rated fairy tale has Chaucer in it, and Rumpelstiltskin, and well, put out the dog, unplug the phone, and read it yourself. A