Peyton Amberg by Tama Janowitz
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In her sizzling new novel, Tama Janowitz moves beyond the world of the single woman (Slaves of New York, A Certain Age), and now targets a young woman growing ever restless in her marriage, and ever hopeful that the next bed will produce someone more exciting. As she moves from man to man, Peyton Amberg slowly but surely loses her youthfulness, her good looks, even her sanity, as her paramours become rougher and the sex more dangerous.

A savvy riff on the classic figure of Madam Bovary, Peyton Amberg is a caustic and brilliant satire of contemporary marriage as it is undermined by free-floating lust and exploits of a woman yearning for fulfillment outside of rigid societal structure.

Peyton Amberg is nasty, funny, jaundiced, sarcastic, searingly honest, and mesmerizing from beginning to end.
 

About Tama Janowitz

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Tama Janowitz exploded into the literary scene in 1986 with her second book, the New York Times bestselling The Slaves of New York. She has received two National Endowment for the Arts awards for fiction and the Alfred Hodder Fellowship in the Humanities from Princeton University. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review and the New York Times Magazine and has been translated into twenty languages. Peyton Amberg is her ninth book and a collection of her non-fiction is forthcoming from St. Martin's Press. Tama Janowitz lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.
 
Published October 22, 2003 by St. Martin's Press. 336 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The Jamaican honeymoon is not a success, though Barry is crazy about his “sexy princess” and Peyton is glad to have married up, though she’s bothered that Barry “didn’t seem to exist.” He exists for the reader, but only as the stereotype of a hypochondriac Jew, while Peyton is little more than a ...

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Peyton Amberg by Tama Janowitz 336pp, Bloomsbury, £9.99 Madame Bovary, in the guise of Peyton Amberg, runs amok in Manhattan and is destroyed: that's the gist of this wonderful novel.

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Peyton's overactive id and sense of dissatisfaction seem a bit contrived at times, and her comeuppance rather old-fashioned, but Janowitz's trademark mix of humor and gross-out realism give the novel a queasy charge.

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Her subsequent books have been similar send-ups of Manhattan life, but with PEYTON AMBERG, Janowitz charts a new course as she turns her acerbic eye on married life and its malcontents.

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