Netsuke by Rikki Ducornet

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Ruled by his hunger for erotic encounters, a deeply wounded psychoanalyst seduces both patients and strangers with equal heat. Driven to compartmentalize his life, the doctor attempts to order and contain his lovers as he does his collection of rare netsuke, the precious miniature sculptures gifted to him by his wife. This riveting exploration of one psychoanalyst’s abuse of power unearths the startling introspection present within even the darkest heart.
 

About Rikki Ducornet

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The author of eight novels as well as collections of short stories, essays, and poems, Rikki Ducornet has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, honored twice by the Lannan Foundation, and the recipient of an Academy Award in Literature. Widely published abroad, Ducornet is also a painter who exhibits internationally. She lives in Port Townsend, Washington.
 
Published May 1, 2011 by Coffee House Press. 136 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The novel, an amalgam of erotica and tragic romance with clear literary aspirations, begins with an italicized section describing the main character running in a park, godlike, exuding a sexual magnetism that allows him (in his 60s) to seduce with a glance a much younger woman running past him.

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The aging, priapic analyst lives with his wife, Akiko, in the suburbs of what is identified only as a “big city.” He sees patients on the grounds of his and his wife’s home, a shrine to austere beauty ministered by Akiko, who can spend hours deciding which branch to prune from a particular tree, ...

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Sex and psychosis are indistinguishable in this killer new novel from Ducornet (The Fan-Maker's Inquisition).

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Twin Cities Daily Planet

Regardless of his intrinsic flaws as a husband and doctor, he is an interesting character to know, and apart from the sadness I feel for those involved with him, and the guilt of having witnessed so much melodrama as his passenger, I’m glad I wasn’t there in body—that I was able to return to my w...

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