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“…elegantly written and cleverly executed, all aimed at capturing the human condition and the often surprising content of our secret lives.” - Sarah Murdoch of the Toronto Star on Just Pervs.
“Just Pervs imagines a world in which women’s sexual desire isn’t disgraceful; it’s communicated, expressed, fulfilled, and accepted.” - Jessica Rose, Rabble.
“…readers will dance from emotions like disillusionment and intrigue…Within each tale, the barriers to fulfilling female sexuality are exposed, unearthed, and reimagined, loudly, until the way last page… I felt repulsed in the best way possible.” - Ash Jodha, This Magazine.
Two sex addicts meet and fall in love. A woman catches her husband cheating on her with their dog and escapes to her sister’s farm. Four friends—fellow pervs—grow up and drift apart, pining for each other in silence until one of them is murdered.
In Jess Taylor’s sophomore story collection, contemporary views of female sexuality are subverted, and women are given agency over their desires and bodies. Through these characters, sex is revealed to be many things at once: gross, shameful, exhilarating, hidden or open—and always complicated. Reminiscent of the works of Maggie Nelson, Mary Gaitskill and Chris Kraus, the stories in Just Pervs explore the strange oppression and illumination created by desire, the bewilderment of adolescence, and the barriers to intimacy both discovered within and imposed upon ourselves.
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