Item description for Trash Sex Magic by Jennifer Stevenson...
"This just absolutely rocks."-Audrey Niffenegger
"Raunchy, funny, and disturbing."-Chicago Reader
"Deeply charming."-The Washington Post
A tender, joyful, raunchy, radiant novel. Imagine The Metamorphoses or A Midsummer Night's Dream transported to the woods of Illinois. When a development company cuts down a beloved tree, and tries to drive out Raedawn Summer's family, strange things start to happen.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.25" Height: 8" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2004
Publisher Small Beer Press
ISBN 1931520127 ISBN13 9781931520126
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More About Jennifer Stevenson
With her husband of twenty-six years, Jennifer Stevenson owns Hawkeye Scenic Studios, Inc., a scenery construction shop located in Chicago. Her stories have been published in a number of anthologies. "Solstice" was published as a chapbook by Green Man Review. Trash Sex Magic is Jennifer Stevenson's first novel. She is currently working on a series of romantic comedies.
Reviews - What do customers think about Trash Sex Magic?
The title says it all May 8, 2008
I have a girlfriend who brings self help books over to my house and says, "This book is so great, as I read it I kept thinking, yes, that's what I've been doing for years! and the author said it so beautifully." Well, I gave her this book and she hated it. When I asked her why, she just kept saying, "Well, it was weird . . . it was weird."
I don't know what she meant by that. Was it the dirt-poor trailer dwellers engaging in what New Agers would call energy healing? Or the 14-year-old girl who has an affair with her mom's ex-boyfriend, and no one really thinks twice about it? Maybe the shape-shifting, or the 2 children of uncertain parentage who live in a hole in the ground, pilfering food and clothing from their neighbors? Questionable dealings with insurance companies? The slant against real estate development?
I'm guessing it wasn't the sex, though this book has, as far as I can recall, more sex than any other book of fiction I've ever read. (A porn novel presumably would have more sex, but I don't remember ever reading a porn novel.) This book gives a new meaning to the word "tree-hugger," by the way.
I finally figured it out. My girlfriend reads books to confirm things she already knows. I read books to introduce myself to new, different ideas. I LOVED this book.
So I guess I should thank Jennifer Stevenson for giving me an insight into my friend. Plus she tells a fabulous story, and she says it so beautifully.
Earth/Life/Sex Magic at it's finest Apr 7, 2008
Wonderful story that quickly manages to bring in interesting characters, a truly alive environment for the story, and the magic between them all that keeps things going. I recommend this book highly and hope to see more from its author.
'Whammy' yourself and read this. Jul 20, 2007
Truthfully, this book is a challenge; but not one through which it's impossible to find enjoyment and amazement. Its narrative is somewhat abrupt and trippy, but don't think you'd be cheated out of a terrific story. Stevenson gives due coverage of the natural powers, the sensual aspects, and the earthly rhythms of life along the riverbed in a northern plains setting. Her careful attention to the plant and animal species brought me the two-mile distance from where I live from the Fox River myself straight to its muddy banks.
The nutty and random sexual activity of "T-S-M"'s characters, though, made me blush and giggle. The seeds of power clearly reside within the females; these characters seem to germinate the tumult and bear the burden of change for their folk and property. Through all the struggle, however, it's the ladies who are having all the fun. The contrapuntal futility of the males' lack of influence on the survival of these loosely bonded river residents delivers the hottest frustrating points in this story. Their failures and ineptitudes magnify the sadness of the poverty (and that of their illegitimate children) they suffer. Fortunately, their misery is alleviated by the riverside women and their channeled energies.
Original and stunning Feb 17, 2007
Hard to believe no one's reviewed this book! My 15-year-old daughter and I both found it powerful and original. This is one of those first novels that you can hardly believe IS a first novel. Head and shoulders above those hundreds of Tolkien derivatives cluttering up the Fantasy shelves. Read it, and hope this writer isn't done!
A strange story about nature, sex, and the magic that ties it all together Jan 21, 2007
"Trash Sex Magic" is a beautiful book, which is quite a surprise considering that the two main characters are a mother-daughter pair of white trash sluts who live in a trailer near Illinois' Fox River. (That may seem a bit harsh, but trust me, it's true.) Gelia Somershue and her 24-year-old daughter, Raedawn, are the local women of ill repute. Both women manage to seduce a large number of the local men (who are also nothing to write home about), as well as anyone else who happens to pass through the area. Believe it or not, though, in spite of their slutty behavior, both of these women are absolutely endearing, as are the other colorful characters who reside in this rural area along the riverbank.
Unfortunately, the small riverside community stands in the way of a new housing development. A greedy developer is hell-bent on acquiring the property, and he stirs up a lot of problems for the residents...and finds himself in a lot of trouble as well. Additionally, there's the matter of Alexander, a large, dreadlocked man from the Bahamas who is employed at the construction site. After some construction equipment is mysteriously tampered with, Alexander's nasty boss forces him to sleep at the site in the evenings to keep an eye on things. Strange things begin happening to Alexander, and he also finds himself falling under one of Raedawn's bewitching spells.
This is a very interesting and creative novel. It's about nature vs. urbanization, and it's also about...well...trailer trash women who have magical sexual powers! I really enjoyed this book because it's so different from everything else I've ever read. "Trash Sex Magic" is funny, inspiring, sexy, and downright strange at times. If you're looking for an unconventional novel, this is definitely the book for you.