The Erotic Fire of the Unattainable: Aphorisms on Love, Art, and the Vicissitudes of Life

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The Erotic Fire of the Unattainable has a subtle narrative wherein author Gay Walley weaves love with life, art with making a living, and inspiration with the banal realities of daily life. The book shows how passion is to be found in every moment, none the least in a passion for independence. Beginning with "Why Women Fight Pirates," Walley covers such disparate topics as "The Disappointments of Infidelity," "Talk in Love," "Writers," "Work and its Punishments," "The Importance of the Argument," "The Ocean," "New York," and ends on "Deathbed."

This unflinching narrative is a journey through an artist's mind, taking us outside the usual confines, to lovers and ex-husbands, traveling, solitude, money and the importance of rebellion.
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About the author

Gay Walley has published short stories and a novel, Strings Attached, which was a finalist for Pirate's Alley/Faulkner and Capricorn Award and Paris Book Festival. Two other novels, Lost in Montreal and Duet, are scheduled for publication in 2014. A film of The Erotic Fire of the Unattainable is currently under production, starring Harry Hamlin and Irina Bjorkland, scheduled to be released 2014/2015. Her play LOVE, GENIUS AND A WALK opened in the Midtown Festival in New York 2013, was nominated for six awards including best playwright, and is scheduled for Off Broadway 2014/2015. She lives and works in New York.
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Publisher
Simon and Schuster
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Published on
Jan 27, 2015
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Pages
208
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ISBN
9781629149349
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Language
English
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Genres
Family & Relationships / Abuse / General
Family & Relationships / Dating
Family & Relationships / Love & Romance
Health & Fitness / Sexuality
Psychology / Interpersonal Relations
Self-Help / Emotions
Social Science / Human Sexuality
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In her first novel, Gay Walley weaves two stories into a seamless narrative--a woman's quest for love, and the drunken, vagabond childhood she endured with her father.

Raised on a barstool, Charlee spends her youth drinking in the dark dives of New England and Montreal with a father who flees from woman to woman. As an adult, in one of her father's haunts, she encounters the man whose flaws and attractions will make her face every emotion that confounded her dad. She longs for companionship, but from her father she has learned to trust only her own will and crave solitude. Can she overcome a life of defiant independence and her distrust of affection?

Walley's daring prose style allows the writer to make Charlee's rough but endearing past immediate and vital in her present.

"I often think the truth," Charlee supposes, "was that my father lost me in a card game. He was losing; indeed, he lost everything. The men are all sitting around the bar, and this card game is a secret, all-consuming vice of my father's. He will do anything to keep in the game. And he says, 'Okay, I've got nothing except my daughter. When she's eighteen, you can have her. You can take her and do whatever the hell you like.'"

Populated with tough, brilliant characters who crisscross New England, Strings Attached is a novel about the search for love, about the possibilities and impossibilities of that quest. Walley says, "These searching characters fall away and toward each other, as we do in every love affair, and come to their ultimate truths."

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