Menage

By Alix Kates Shulman
(Other Press (NY), Paperback, 9781590515204, 269pp.)

Publication Date: May 15, 2012

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Heather and Mack McKay seem to have it all: wealth, a dream house in the suburbs, and two adorable children along with the nannies to raise them. But their marriage has lost its savor: she is a frustrated writer and he longs for a cultural trophy to hang on his belt.
During a chance encounter in LA, Mack invites exiled writer Zoltan Barbu--once lionized as a political hero, now becoming a has-been--to live with him and his wife in their luxurious home. The plan should provide Heather with literary companionship, Mack with cultural cachet, and Zoltan himself with a pastoral environment in which to overcome his writer's block and produce a masterpiece.
Of course, as happens with triangles, complications arise--some hilarious, some sad--as the three players pursue a game that leads to shifting alliances and sexual misadventures. Shulman pokes fun at our modern malaise (why is having it all never enough?), even as she traces the ever-changing dynamics within a marriage. "MEnage "is a bravura performance from one of America's most renowned feminist writers.



About the Author
Alix Kates Shulman (b. 1932) is the celebrated author of fourteen books, including the "New York Times" bestselling novel "Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen "(1972), which established her as a primary figure in feminism's second wave. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Shulman studied philosophy at Columbia University and received an MA at New York University. She became a political activist, joining the Congress of Racial Equality in 1961 and the Women's Liberation Movement in 1967. Her other novels include "Burning Questions "(1978), "On the Stroll "(1981), "In Every Woman's Life ". . . (1987), and "M""E""nage" (2012). She has also written the memoirs "Drinking the Rain "(1995), "A Good Enough Daughter" (1999), and "To Love What Is "(2008);a biography of Emma Goldman entitled "To the Barricades" (1971); and "A Marriage Agreement and Other Essays: Four Decades of Feminist Writing" (2012). Shulman lives in Manhattan and continues to speak frequently on issues such as writing, feminism, and reproductive choice.
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