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Aug 26, 2003
| ISBN 9780385337571
Aug 26, 2003
| ISBN 9780440334613
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Aug 26, 2003 | ISBN 9780385337571
Aug 26, 2003 | ISBN 9780440334613
If he always has the headache, why should you suffer?In the bestselling tradition of Bridget Jones’s Diary comes this outrageous, hilarious look at love, marriage, and sex, introducing Anna Shapiro, who believes that surely there must be more to married life….Tabloid reporter Anna Shapiro can pinpoint the day, three years ago, that she and her husband, Dan, last had great sex. Anna would be grateful if something as ordinary as a mere headache was her husband’s excuse; Dan’s hypochondriac terrors include brain tumors, tropical diseases, and spontaneous combustion. While she loves her husband, she’s not ready to give up on sex at age thirty-seven–so what can she do?It’s the perfect time for the distraction of a freelance assignment. But what her editor has in mind is a story on the explosive new feminist manifesto that prescribes no-strings-attached affairs for women. Anna’s assignment is to interview three women who’ve had extramarital affairs purely for sexual pleasure–but she’s inclined to take her research a bit further….Can a woman have an uncomplicated affair purely for sexual pleasure–or do her emotions invariably interfere? Anna’s determined to find out. And despite her worries about her middle-aged body, potential research assistants prove to be plentiful.Going where no journalist has gone before, Anna delves into a world she’d never considered until now. What is, after all, the perfect outfit for committing adultery in? Is it truly beyond the pale to pick up a man–no matter how sexy he is–at a funeral? And what can be done about that single horrifying gray hair? The answers are more hilarious than Anna could ever have predicted.But soon Anna finds herself facing the question that she never thought she’d have to answer: Is she willing to give up her marriage and her children for what may be the biggest gamble of her life?A novel for every woman who’s ever wondered–and every woman who hasn’t–Neurotica will have you roaring with laughter as it takes you on a wickedly delightful journey of sheer indulgence.
Sue Margolis was a radio reporter for fifteen years before she started writing novels. Her books have sold more than half a million copies worldwide. She lives in England.
The truth about Neurotica:"Four stars–A tremendously funny, colorful and gripping read."—Mail on Sunday"Uninhibited–joyous."–British Good Housekeeping"A saucy romp."—The Independent (London)"I almost read this book with my eyes shut, it’s so naughty…but so nice."–Jenni Murray, host of Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 4, and Daily Express (London) columnist"Not for the puritanical…but its humor is irresistible."—The Jewish Telegraph
1. What’s the best moment for you in the process of writing a novel?Getting to the end! It’s a bit like giving birth – particularly since a novel takes me about nine months to write and there’s a fair amount of pain and shouting and cries of ‘this is the last time I will ever go through this’, along the way. At the same time, it’s also sad because I get really attached to the characters–only to abandon them.2. If you weren’t a writer, what career would you want to have?Easy–maybe I’m getting a bit carried away with the birth metaphors here, but I would love to be a midwife. I can think of nothing more fulfilling or rewarding than helping to bring new life into the world.3. What scene in your own books are you most surprised you wrote? All the sex scenes. Although I have a very relaxed and open attitude to sex, have always found it easy to talk about, and love writing these scenes, they still make me blush when I read them 4. What’s your secret vice? Eating the remains of the previous night’s take-out curry for breakfast–straight from the fridge.5. What do you give yourself when you need a pick-me-up?Curry! I’m an addict. I could live on Chicken Tikka Masala.6. What was your most memorable date (good or bad)?For our first date, this guy took me out for the most wonderfully romantic dinner. The food, the atmosphere, the location – everything was perfect. It cost a fortune. Afterwards we were in his car, about to drive home when he suddenly opened the door and threw up over the road. It turned out the crème brulee had been too rich. But it didn’t put me off. I ended up marrying him!7. What is your favorite quote?It has to be this from Samantha in Sex and the City:‘You men have no idea what we’re dealing with down there. Teeth placement, and jaw stress, and suction, and gag reflex, and all the while bobbing up and down, moaning and trying to breathe through our noses. Easy? Honey, they don’t call it a job for nothing.’
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