Intercourse by Robert Olen Butler
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A provocative new short-story collection from Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler, Intercourse delightfully reveals what goes through a person's mind at a crucial moment—during sex. Smart, provocative, subtle, and erotic, each story is a many faceted gem. Butler dazzles and entertains as he channels the most intimate thoughts of 50 couples, including:
Adam & Eve
Bonnie & Clyde
Pocahontas & John Smith
Richard Milhous Nixon & Pat Nixon
Walt Whitman & Oscar Wilde
Elvis Presley & Holly Singleton (admirer)
Princess Diana & Prince Charles
William Jefferson Clinton & Hillary Diane Rodham
Santa Claus & Ingebirgitta (elf)
 

About Robert Olen Butler

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Robert Olen Butler, recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for his short-story collection A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, is the author of many lauded works of fiction. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.
 
Published May 28, 2008 by Chronicle Books. 216 pages
Genres: Erotica, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Here Butler inhabits mythological couples (Zeus and Leda, Santa and elf), historical couples (Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn), political couples (Bill and Hillary, George and Laura), animal couples (a rooster and a chicken) and so on.

Apr 15 2008 | Read Full Review of Intercourse: Stories

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No matter what you may have thought of Richard Nixon, it’s a cheap shot to fill his mind during conjugal sex with memories of his mother catching him at masturbation, and while you might expect a right-wing radio host to dream up a clumsy coupling between the law students Hillary Rodham and Bill ...

Aug 10 2008 | Read Full Review of Intercourse: Stories

Publishers Weekly

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Butler moves from death monologues (Severance ) to little death monologues in this provocative collection of brief pieces that imagine what goes on in the minds of copulating couples.

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Tampa Bay Times

Robert Olen Butler's new short story collection, Intercourse, is predicated on the notion that though we may think about sex a lot when we're not having it, we tend to think about almost anything else under the sun while we are.

Sep 13 2008 | Read Full Review of Intercourse: Stories

Bookmarks Magazine

Butler dazzles and entertains as he channels the most intimate thoughts of 50 couples,including:
Adam & Eve
Bonnie & Clyde
Pocahontas & John Smith
Richard Milhous Nixon & Pat Nixon
Walt Whitman & Oscar Wilde
Elvis Presley & Holly Singleton (admirer)
Princess Diana & Prince Ch...

Jul 20 2008 | Read Full Review of Intercourse: Stories

New York Magazine

The ballsiest vignette, the “oh, snap” moment that will make you hunch over protectively on the subway and possibly Google the basic legal definition of slander, is Butler’s depiction of Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham as striving twentysomething law students: “this had to be done eventually,” Hi...

Jun 02 2008 | Read Full Review of Intercourse: Stories

New York Magazine

Toklas, thinks exactly like she writes: “her mustache is her mustache is her mustache.” Jean-Paul Sartre—who, you may be aware, was an existentialist who wrote a novel called Nausea—thinks existential thoughts (“all of it too much, all of it with no reason for being”) and ends with a feeling of n...

May 25 2008 | Read Full Review of Intercourse: Stories

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