A Disturbance in One Place: A Novel by Binnie Kirshenbaum

By Binnie Kirshenbaum

Brazen and given to transgressions, the narrator of this mordantly witty novel is an aloof, tricky conversing, married ny girl who consists of on 3 affairs at the same time, blithely breaking seven of the 10 Commandments in her look for a secure position to land. Rootless, bouncing from mattress to mattress, she understands she is natural of center. If in simple terms she may possibly locate the place her middle received misplaced. Irreverent and achingly sincere, she issues to the small yet infinitely deep cracks in our mask, drawing the reader into her global of misadventure -- erotic, comedian, and deeply unsettling. Juggling 4 males -- her husband, "the hit man," "the multimedia artist," and "the love of her lifestyles" -- she cannot come to a decision no matter if she is out to turn out or disprove the Talmudic knowledge: for those who have no idea the place you are going, any highway will take you there.

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It would be fun to say: Perhaps I’ll bring him by, and you can check his teeth. But I answer his questions and observe as he tabulates credentials. The way beads on an abacus click, slide, slide, click, click, slide, tally, he weighs his accomplishments against those of my husband. As if I could see, make out, the words collecting on the tip of his tongue, he’s desperate to ask about the hit man, but I shoot him a look that warns: Don’t bother. I won’t talk. Heeding my signal, he asks something else.

I take pains with eye shadow,lipstick,perfume. My clothes reveal hints of body parts—a skirt with a slit, a decolleté blouse. The message is explicit: See. See what you could have. When I first fell in love with him, he was an older man. More than twice my age. His hair is going gray. His silver-rimmed eyeglasses are bifocals. The clothes he wears are the color of dung. The skin on his neck is loosening, and his narrow shoulders sag. He is tired, but not in need of a rest. a disturbance in one place • He picks up his tea cup with two hands.

All sorts of things were thrust into my right hand where they didn’t belong: forks, pencils, tennis rackets, bowling balls, cocks. ” Oh, the mortification! The humiliation! How could I have been doing it wrong? He took my right hand, guided it to jerk him off properly, but my hand went gimpy. This was not the trick for me. I let his cock go and nose-dived between his legs. I took him in my mouth and went to town. Instantly, he forgot all about the crummy hand-job. But I didn’t forget. Eager to show off what I can do, I run my tongue, a lizard’s flick, from the multimedia artist’s neck to his knees.

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