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"Intercourse" does with sex what "Severance" did with beheadings. Instead of the fall of the blade or the axe (or the closing of the elevator doors), in "Intercourse" the act of sexual intimacy provides the prompt for people's internal monologues. These 100 short stories comprise the inner streams of consciousness of 50 couples (most of them famous) while making love. Carefully researched and wildly entertaining, Butler gets into the minds of people across history, from King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, to Abe and Mary Todd Lincoln, to Richard and Pat Nixon.
Award-winning novelist Robert Owen Butler has published 10 novels and three volumes of short fiction, including his Pulitzer Prize-winning collection, A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain (1992). His stories have appeared in such publications as The New Yorker, Esquire, Harper's, and GQ. Butler is a recipient of both a Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction and a National Endowment for the Arts grant and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. In 2001 he won a National Magazine Award in Fiction for his story "Fair Warning."
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