Beach has written a book that will have readers wanting to take their clothes off one minute, squiring with discomfort the next, then being struck by the sadness of humanity. Then wanting to strip again. She covers the many shades of sex, not just the obvious.
Teresa Bergen, Killing the President
Neurotica delivers the uneasy kick of a one night stand or the off-balance excitement of an amateur porno, yet Beach s descriptive passages radiate such warmth and detail that they seem to cry out in the vernacular of one s own memory. The humanity of this writing eats most writers for breakfast and compares Beach favorably to Bukowski and Anais Nin.
Rex Rose, Toast
In the imaginary erotic trilogy of Anais Nins Delta of Venus and Diane di Prima s Autobiography of a Beatnik, Neurotica is the shuddering climax. This writer-protagonist, however, is not just some plastic humper boning for another gasm-flash, she is damn real, with a history and experience all readers can identify with.
Mark Spitzer, Riding the Unit and Chum
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Elva Maxine Beach was born to a family of preachers, teachers, and storytellers; for her, the twin monikers writer and professor seem only natural. An innocent kiss at the neighborhood swimming pool piqued her erotic curiosity and became both the touchstone and launch point for her career as a seductive storyteller. At the tender age of 10, Beach began precociously chronicling her taste for boys and men.
Beach has become an award-winning creative writing professor with a wide array of writing experiences. She has worked in advertising as a copy writer, been commissioned as a playwright, employed as a theater critic, and served as literary magazine editor. Beach has also freelanced her fiction work, written and produced video, and organized and performed at standing-room-only erotica readings. Not surprisingly, she has held the usual series of glamorous day jobs that bring the gritty authenticity and capital necessary to support a writerly way of life; car hop, waitress, usher, maid, janitor and dishwasher.
The psychosexual dramas that have become Beach s oeuvre are the subject of her first book-length publication, Neurotica. This short story cycle is a provocative collection of explicit stories chronicling the narrator s intimate journey from sensual awakening to spiritual transcendence. I wanted to capture the reality of my own spiritual travels through a fictionalized accounting of the sexcapades I have both lived and imagined. Neurotica was published by New Belleville Press in June 2008.
Beach is co-authoring a graphic novel Nirvana, Heroine of the Soul and settling into her new faculty position at St. Louis Community College.
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Book Description New Belleville Press, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P11097898921X