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"Girls" is a journey into the most forbidden corners of male desire, and a brilliantly provocative novel about lust, obsession and power. A wealthy father of two deserts his family in order to spend the night in a college girl's dorm room. A CEO visiting his friends' villa feigns a sprained ankle in order to have sex with their teenage daughter. A businessman in Korea has the best sexual experience of his life with a young woman whose true age he never learns. These are the men who have left their safe lives, who have replaced their old dreams with dreams of the girls they yearn for. In an age when everything is for sale, "Girls" subject matter is the power and fascination young girls have over rich men and vice versa. Juxtaposing philosophical asides and travelling deep inside the most forbidden corners of male desire, Nic Kelman's insights are both revealing and more

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 129 x 196 x 16mm | 180g
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • Serpent's Tail
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1852427922
  • 9781852427924
  • 1,912,642

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"'girls recalls the territory of Bret Easton Ellis, and in particular American Psycho... it is still gripping to see a light shone so unsparingly into the mind of that beleagured, frightened figure - the 21st-century male' Tom Horan, Daily Telegraph 'This book is a most uncomfortable study of human desire... scalpel-sharp prose' Book of the Week in Time Out 'Raw as Selby Jr or Buwowksi and as powerful in its depiction of male mid-life crisis as any novel by John Updike, Philip Roth or Richard Yates, girls is too sick to read on, too compelling not to, brilliant, voyeuristic portrait of despairing male libido' Uncut 'Preternaturally poised, vastly literate, and sticky with sex... girlsgets its hooks in you from the first sentence' Elle"show more

About Nic Kelman

Nic Kelman studied Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT, Boston. After spending a few years working in independent film, he attended Brown University on a full scholarship for his MFA in Creative Writing and where he was awarded the James Assatly Prize for graduate fiction for girls. He now writes and teaches in New York more

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441 ratings
3.43 out of 5 stars
5 22% (97)
4 30% (131)
3 24% (108)
2 18% (79)
1 6% (26)
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