Stripper Lessons by Maureen O'Brien

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John O'Brien's books have established him as a writer who communicated the voice of the loner with blistering realness and unmistakable force. Stripper Lessons is perhaps O'Brien's most interior and intense novel, a powerful story of one man's obsessive search to belong. Here is the dark and simple life of Carroll, a middle-aged, unmarried, friendless man whose only joy is watching beautiful women dance. Terribly shy and unable to socialize with the people around him, Carroll's fascination with the women at his favorite club is totally innocent-he finds solace in the routine, the rules, and the predictability of the action. But when his desire for a particular dancer takes him one step too far, his entire life threatens to crumble.

About Maureen O'Brien

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Jane O'Connor and John O'Brien also collaborated on the companion title "Sir Small and the Dragonfly," They both live in New York City.
Published December 1, 2007 by Grove Press. 192 pages
Genres: Erotica, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Now wild in his desperation, he refuses to go back to his cocoon of meekness, first confronting another dancer in the club, then the powers-that-be in the firm, deliberately crossing the line each time, and finally walking away from his job to see if he can't salvage some hope of friendship with ...

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O'Brien provides a detailed description of the ritualized behavior of strip clubs, but the best scenes are those that center around Carroll's office, where the clerk's paranoia reaches a crescendo as he searches for a missing file that becomes emblematic of his life.

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John O'Brien's life often imitated his art, which radiates humiliation and fatalism.

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