Friday, February 19, 2010

Presents: Remittance Girl

Coming Together Presents: Remittance Girl
Presents is Coming Together's elite line of single-author titles edited by Lisabet Sarai. ALL proceeds from their sales will benefit the charities selected by their authors. In this volume, Coming Together is delighted to present Remittance Girl, whose chosen charity is the ACLU.

Coming Together Presents: Remittance Girl collects seventeen erotic stories by the mysterious and reclusive Remittance Girl. Open the cover and enjoy incredible tales of twisted desire and overwhelming lust, intricate and perfect as some Chinese jade carving.

An expat living in Vietnam, RG deftly captures the realities of life in Southeast Asia: the debilitating heat and humidity, the riotous energy and color and the loneliness of being an outsider. However, she's equally at home in gritty British suburbia or the beaches of the Costa del Sol.

Don’t expect light-hearted tales of playful sex from RG’s pen. Don’t expect romance—though sometimes it’s difficult to distinguish true love from satisfied desire. Be ready for tales with an edge, with a sting, and occasionally, with a moral. While many of RG’s stories are vividly realistic, some of her offerings are fables: unsanitized, old-fashioned fairy tales that retain a taste of terror.

RG’s writing strikes to the heart of the erotic. Her sex is strong and messy and real. She is not afraid to explore the darkest, rawest fantasies. When she writes kink, it’s not fashionable sex games—it is inevitable, compelling, inescapable, cutting to the core of her characters.

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Coming Together said...

As reviewed by EROTICA REVEALED:

Reviewed By: Steven Hart

Over time as a critic of erotica, you learn that the hardest thing to write in this sub-genre is the act of sex without being a bore. For a number of years now, Remittance Girl (hereinafter known as RG) has been the mistress of solving this confounding problem by engaging with it in the most difficult possible way.

As her new collection in the series Coming Together demonstrates, the art of writing sex can be best accomplished by forging the simplest elements into a story that is driven by the most felt and honest of passions. Through the deft manipulation of a minimum of detail, she integrates structure, style, atmosphere and character into a seamless whole. The sex is not the objective of her stories so much as the inevitable, organic result. That result is almost overwhelmingly erotic as well as moving on other levels.

RG writes about hunger, that higher hunger of the body for the touch of another. It may be a rough and sometimes brutal grasping, but it has the honor and the feel of life, as opposed to the more deathly feel of compromise that marks pat formulaic writing, where the passions are winnowed out with decorous care but with less honest revelation.

That is the difference between soft romance that plays at the edges and symptoms of the heart rather than cutting to the actual pounding of that organ of the soul. Perhaps RG succeeds in this simple mode where most fail because no matter how brutal the world she depicts, it never yields to the lesser state of bitterness. Few authors in our time have that sort of strength.

The story that most captures the depth of RG’s vision for me is “River Mother,” about a young woman damaged by war the United States waged against the people of Southeast Asia in the 1960s and 70s. Set in that brutal aftermath, the verdant tenderness the author creates reminded me of what art and love are ultimately about, which is hope – the simple hope that life can survive the worst abuses of a petty, greedy and malicious world.

RG has unique powers of understanding the way people sense each other in the most literal way. She captures the way we see each other, hear each other’s voices and feel the first touch of a lover. Her blend of intelligence and sensitivity lend her stories a winning quality of rue. She knows that for every benefit there is a cost, for every gain a degree of loss and every freedom – sexual or otherwise – has its price. Thus in stories like “The Spy Who Loved His Wife” the principal character seems like a bantering cocktail sipper out of Noel Coward’s “Private Lives.” That is until we, though not he, come to understand that he loses something of himself in gaining what gives him the most pleasure.

These stories are not parables, however, instructing us on the ways of the wayward. They are instead the indelicate, raucous, bawdy, tender, round-bottomed lustiness of the human heart. They invoke an actual tear from time to time just as they provoke a good deal of honest and playful laughter.

A little something should be said here for Lisabet Sarai who edited this volume in the “Coming Together” series, and who writes for Erotica Revealed as a critic herself. Writing is a small world and so it is altogether fitting that I acknowledge the gracious and generous gifts of both of these women as artists regardless of where they are published.

Erotica has enjoyed some very good writing in the last couple of years, which I believe is in large measure a function of some new insight that has come from able, intelligent, gifted and talented women such as RG and Ms. Sarai.

Editor's Note: All proceeds from the Coming Together series go to charity.