Two novels, two young women at the frontiers of sex.
Like a series of Penthouse letters penned by Kathy Acker, Lie With Me recounts a woman's sexual escapades, picking up random men in bars for a series of increasingly extreme encounters, hoping to understand love from the far side of sluttiness.
In The Way of the Whore, Mira, an introverted Jewish girl obsessed with JeanGenet, allows herself to be seduced by the sex industry, determined to find meaning in her tormented relationships with cruel men.
Tamara Faith Berger's first two novels have been languishing out of print. They were scandalous when they were first published; substantially revised and returned to print, they're just as titillating and troubling now.
Treading a line between sublime experimentation and unsettling honesty, Little Cat rides a wave of female sexual energy. . . . 'Please, I want you to stay with me till it's over,' the narrator of "Lie With Me" begs. With writing this good, it's hard not to.' — Quill & Quire
'Berger's writing is significant, poignant and consciously uncomfortable. Her portrait of female sexualityis daring, original and troubling. Berger's language is crass; this isn't missionary-style "love-making." This is dirty, animalistic sex. This is pornography rubbing up against the literary establishment.' — Telegraph-Journal
Praise for Tamara Faith Berger's Maidenhead:
'Myra's confusion, her passion, her need for possession and to be possessed, make this novel an incredibleread, finding its place, as Sheila Heti (who should know) wrote, "somewhere between the wilds of Judy Blume, Girls Gone Wild and Michel Foucault."' – Flavorwire
'There are no easy moments, no comfort to be found in the searing prose. . . . When writers get young female sexuality right, stories become a revelation and such is the case with Maidenhead. The writing pulls the reader desperately close.' – Roxane Gay,The Rumpus