By Binnie Kirshenbaum
Brazen and given to transgressions, the narrator of this mordantly witty novel is an aloof, tricky speaking, married long island girl who incorporates on 3 affairs at the same time, blithely breaking seven of the 10 Commandments in her look for a secure position to land. Rootless, bouncing from mattress to mattress, she understands she is natural of middle. If in basic terms she may possibly locate the place her middle acquired misplaced. Irreverent and achingly sincere, she issues to the small yet infinitely deep cracks in our mask, drawing the reader into her international of misadventure -- erotic, comedian, and deeply unsettling. Juggling 4 males -- her husband, "the hit man," "the multimedia artist," and "the love of her existence" -- she cannot make a decision even if she is out to end up or disprove the Talmudic knowledge: if you happen to do not know the place you are going, any highway will take you there.
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Perhaps the longing will pass. The next day the hit man and I meet up in the park, at the base of the statue of Garibaldi. The hit man opens his briefcase, takes out a piece of paper, yellow legal pad paper, and gives it to me. I read: Box 3547, GPO, New York, NY 10087. ” I ask. “Your address,” he says. ” The hit man has rented me a post office box. “So no matter where you go, you’ve got a way to touch base. ” 37 a brief outline of my accomplishments I waft from one painting to the next, gliding through clusters of tourists and art students here for the Rauschenberg retrospective.
He has never been with a married woman before. Not ever. I lean over the side of the bed,place my Saucy Shrimp glass on the floor, and sit up. “I’m not manipulative,” I say. “I’m sorry. ” He apologizes for the stereotype but not for the lie. Anxious to change the subject, he looks at his watch and says, “I have to be at a party soon. ” “Thank you, but no. ” While we dress, he asks me what my husband does for a living, what degrees does he hold, is he famous in his field? It would be fun to say: Perhaps I’ll bring him by, and you can check his teeth.
In delight, in unison, the Kessel sisters squeal at my arrival. I set the wine down on the kitchen table next to a Sara Lee coffee cake box, empty save for a few broken walnuts. ” I say. ” The middle sister is at the refrigerator, taking a tub of ice cream from the freezer. Chocolate Fudge Marshmallow. The youngest sister rummages through the silverware drawer for spoons, while the eldest pours the purple wine into coffee mugs. There is no need—indeed, it would be counterproductive to our intent—to bother with niceties such as bowls or napkins or wine glasses.
A Disturbance in One Place: A Novel by Binnie Kirshenbaum