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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 shocking.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 134 x 216 x 18mm
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • Serpent's Tail
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Main
  • 1852428767
  • 9781852428761
  • 1,689,293

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 City.
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?Echoing Lolita, Kelman paints a disturbing composite portrait of men who approach sex with young women as a kind of rejuvenating sacrament...[and] insightfully portrays male fear and desire? The New York Times Book Review ?Girls is like no other novel you'll read this year. Preternaturally poised, vastly literate, and sticky with sex... Kelman has clearly pondered our cultural fixations on youth, power, and money in a way that goes beyond the immediate reality-TV moment... a darkly lyrical, intensely cerebral novel... Girls is one of those books that gets its hooks in you from the first sentence? Elle (US) ?A disturbing but irresistible first novel...packs a thudding gut punch... just try putting it down? Men's Journal? Raw as Selby Jr or Bukowksi and as powerful in its depiction of male mid-life crisis as any novel by John Updike, Philip Roth or Richard Yates, girls is a too sick to read on, too compelling not to, brilliant, voyeuristic portrait of despairing male libido.? Uncut ?An honest and brutal look into the minds of men. Whether they are rich or poor, white or black, powerful or powerless, and whether they admit it or not, men all want the same thing. This is a beautiful, beautiful book? James Frey, author of A Million Little Pieces ?Nic Kelman spares no one in his startling debut novel, girls. Not western culture. Not eastern culture. Not men. Not women. Not you, brave reader, not you.? Victoria Redel, author of Loverboy
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456 ratings
3.43 out of 5 stars
5 21% (98)
4 30% (137)
3 25% (115)
2 17% (79)
1 6% (27)
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