By Binnie Kirshenbaum
Brazen and given to transgressions, the narrator of this mordantly witty novel is an aloof, tricky speaking, married new york lady who contains on 3 affairs concurrently, blithely breaking seven of the 10 Commandments in her look for a secure position to land. Rootless, bouncing from mattress to mattress, she is familiar with she is natural of center. If purely she may well locate the place her middle bought misplaced. Irreverent and achingly sincere, she issues to the small yet infinitely deep cracks in our mask, drawing the reader into her global of misadventure -- erotic, comedian, and deeply unsettling. Juggling 4 males -- her husband, "the hit man," "the multimedia artist," and "the love of her existence" -- she cannot make a decision even if she is out to end up or disprove the Talmudic knowledge: in case you have no idea the place you are going, any street will take you there.
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Okay, then. Let’s go. ” He wanted me to hit him again. ” I did as I was told, and he went down, crumpled into a heap. He curled up, yelping. This caused a commotion on the block. Kids gathered around, and so did some of their parents. “You broke his nuts,” one boy accused. It was an accident. I simply swung out. That I hit the bull’s-eye was happenstance. I didn’t even know about nuts. A neighborhood father helped the lifeguard stand up, and my mother took me inside, sat me on the couch, and explained to me about testicles.
Another thing about wine and ice cream for breakfast is how we get tipsy in no time flat. The leftover ice cream melts in the tub as we sprawl out on the floor, on the couch, draped over a chair like last night’s clothing. ” “Not funny,” the middle one shakes her head. The youngest, the most sensitive of the three, is pained by the rejection of her idea, so I aim to soothe her. “You’re on to something,” I say. ” The middle sister wants to dial numbers at random, pant, breathe heavy, grunt into ears unknown.
I look for my people, try to find where I came from, to locate the shared gene pool. Somehow, that detail—from which port my ancestors set sail—got lost, misplaced, hidden, swept under the wall-to-wall carpet. “We’re Americans,” my mother said. ” “Don’t be fresh,” my mother warned. ” She made it sound as if we’d sprung, fully formed, out a disturbance in one place • of the foam at Far Rockaway. My mother’s take on our heritage isn’t all that different from the way the love of my life implies he rose up, a young man, from a sidewalk on Central Park West.
A Disturbance in One Place: A Novel by Binnie Kirshenbaum