“When Sara White boarded the afternoon train for Chicago, her total outfit consisted of the clothes she was wearing, a small blue suitcase, a cheap imitation alligator-skin satchel, a lunch in a paper box, and a yellow leather snap purse. Now she stood stark naked in front of twenty other spellbound young women, and two men fully conscious.”
Theodore Dreiser meets the Marquis de Sade (and other pornographic writers) in Tom Bussmann’s innovative new novel. Here the author seamlessly melds texts to form a compelling narrative of, among other things, Victorian lust.
Bussmann’s wicked little novel has several tricks up its sleeve. Using Dreiser as narrator, his tale steers a candid autobiography into the surreal fast lane—where explicit hyperbole is common in forbidden Victorian lit. Yet the story also manages to hint at the author’s personal reading habits and reveals an abiding fascination with St. Louis and the American west.
Sister Carrie Came is an incendiary work of erotic semiotics.
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