Menage by Alix Kates Shulman

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In this wise and witty novel, Shulman displays once again her astute understanding of the loaded relationships between males and females that earned her fame with her first novel...
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Heather and Mack McKay seem to have it all: wealth, a dream house in the suburbs, and two adorable children along with the nannies to raise them. But their marriage has lost its savor: she is a frustrated writer and he longs for a cultural trophy to hang on his belt.
   During a chance encounter in LA, Mack invites exiled writer Zoltan Barbu—once lionized as a political hero, now becoming a has-been—to live with him and his wife in their luxurious home. The plan should provide Heather with literary companionship, Mack with cultural cachet, and Zoltan himself with a pastoral environment in which to overcome his writer’s block and produce a masterpiece.
    Of course, as happens with triangles, complications arise—some hilarious, some sad—as the three players pursue a game that leads to shifting alliances and sexual misadventures. Shulman pokes fun at our modern malaise (why is having it all never enough?), even as she traces the ever-changing dynamics within a marriage. Ménage is a bravura performance from one of America’s most renowned feminist writers.
 

About Alix Kates Shulman

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Alix Kates Shulman is the author of the feminist classic Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen and three other novels; two previous memoirs, including the award-winning Drinking the Rain; and two books on the political activist Emma Goldman. She lives in New York City.
 
Published May 15, 2012 by Other Press. 283 pages
Genres: Other, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Below average
Apr 01 2012

Forget Shulman’s reputation as a feminist author; spoiled, self-absorbed Heather is no more sympathetic than the two men who with her form an increasingly barbed triangle of mixed signals.

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Good
Reviewed by Alice Gregory on May 30 2012

...more than a few times Shulman, nearing 80, proves still capable of the precise interiorizing for which she's famous.

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Star Tribune

Excellent
Reviewed by Kathryn Lang on May 05 2012

In this wise and witty novel, Shulman displays once again her astute understanding of the loaded relationships between males and females that earned her fame with her first novel...

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Excellent
Reviewed by Dawn Nikithser on Jun 08 2012

Menage is provocative, slightly enraging, and timely. It’s the perfect summertime read for those of us whose minds don’t shut down come Memorial Day.

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