Deep Desires by Cholotte Stein was a glimpse into something so real, so honest, so powerful, it will stay with me for a long time. Two damaged people risk the security of their protective walls for a chance at something beautiful.
I loved the first person, present-tense perspective. I could almost believe I was risking so much and benefiting so much from taking these chances.
Abbie and Ivan are so sweet, so wounded, and so okay with who they are. They approach life, walls and all, thinking, Sure, it would be good if I weren’t so scared all the time, but I am, so here we are, and it’s good enough. Then, when things get better, it’s that much sweeter, because they weren’t reallly looking for better. They were just trying to survive.
I am now an unabashed fan of Charlotte Stein’s. Can’t wait to see what else she’s written. Please enjoy these favorite lines of mine and pick up your copy of Deep Desires pronto:
I stepped out of my life of supermarket working and TV watching and dying a little inside every day, and I watched with bated breath as a man did something sexual to himself, in the ostensible privacy of his home.–Kindle Locations 113-115.
I missed the strangest, most exciting event of my life, because I couldn’t believe it was real.–Kindle Location 218.
Maybe he’s changed his mind, and finds me a dull sort of creature, now. It’s not as though he’s wrong after all. I’m so dull I’m almost crying, torn with tension over something as simple as opening the curtain.–Kindle Locations 230-232.
It doesn’t quite go, does it? Abbie and Ivan. Abbie is the girl you shove into the road on your way to a business meeting. She’s not the mysterious sex partner of a dense-eyed man called Ivan.–Kindle Locations 309-310.