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In this stunning, taboo-breaking debut, Arlene Heyman, a practicing psychiatrist, gives us what really goes on in people's minds, relationships, and beds. Raw, tender, funny, truthful and often shocking, Scary Old Sex is a fierce exploration of the chaos and beauty of life.


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A woman goes about certain rituals of sex with her second husband, sharing the bed with the ghosts of her sexual past. A beautiful young art student embarks on an affair with a much older, married, famous artist. A middle-aged woman struggles with the decline of her mother, once glamorous and still commanding; their fraught relationship causes unexpected feelings both shaming and brutal. A man finds that his father has died while in the midst of extra-marital sex and wonders what he should do with the body. And a boy sits in his Calculus class, fantasizing about a schoolmate's breasts and worrying about his father lying in hospital, as outside his classroom window the Twin Towers begin to fall.


'What an astonishing collection! I absolutely loved these stories, so stylish, earthy and funny - and underneath them, thrumming away, a sense of our own mortality' Deborah Moggach

'Perceptive and unflinching ... She writes with such verve and kindness about her characters and their sex lives - their fears, phobias and muddles - that you can't help but smile' -- Mavis Cheek

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30th November 1999


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