Cruising the "information superhighway" by way of electronic mail, Katherine Simmons eventually puts her own marriage at risk as an idle curiosity about two men develops into an obsession with a computer-generated Mr. Right.
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With Internet romances being a hot topic for therapists, talk show hosts, and tabloid news, this novel should come as no surprise. E-Mail: A Love Story is like being given someone's secret password and having access to all their private (and steamy) files. The entire novel takes place on the Internet, starting with an innocent plea from our main character: "This is the first public post I have ever made and I really don't know how this works. But, if you are willing, I would enjoy some correspondence." Katherine, a 44-year-old "domestic goddess," and soon-to-be empty nester, receives an overwhelming response to her polite request and is immediately drawn into the world of intimate revelations and instant relationships that this faceless medium allows. What begins as idle curiosity soon develops into an obsession, and "Katie" (as she is known online) is soon spending most of the hours of her day juggling two virtual lovers who both want to move their relationships off the computer screen and into the physical realm. Are these two men really who they say they are? Will her workaholic husband catch on? Will she leave him for one of her sexy new pen pals? These are some of the questions that make this book an entertaining and unusual read, spilling the beans on the saucy world of cyber-romance. --Sara NickersonFrom Publishers Weekly:
While the cybersex and cyberromance depicted in this debut novel isn't nearly as cutting-edge as the author and publisher suggest?real-time online "chat" having supplanted E-mail as the cyberlover's medium of choice?it does allow debut author Fletcher to spin a fanciful, if strained, variant on the traditional epistolary novel. Katherine Simmons, 44, bored with her routine life as mother of teenage twins and taken-for-granted wife of a successful businessman, signs on one morning to the Adult Topics Bulletin Board of LuxNet. It's not long before she responds to an invitation to a "party" at Buck's Basement, an online bulletin board run by Buck Brazzmore, a chatty 40-year-old Texas oilman. Within a few weeks, Katherine and Buck have exchanged secrets and photographs and have announced to their fellow bulletin boarders that they are hosting a beach party to celebrate being "on a slow cruise on the sea of love." But when Buck goes to Israel on business, Katie starts hitting the hot E-mail with John Kelly, a Marin County cardiologist. Before long, she's juggling computer sex fantasies with John, offers of phone sex from Buck and a surprising revival of real-life sex with her husband. While Fletcher, a "special contributor"on the Prodigy Network, seems to think love on the Internet an intriguing and often positive new adventure, many readers may find her vision of computerized passion a disturbing ode to what is, at best, a poor substitute for the real McCoy.
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Book Description Dutton Adult, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX155611477X
Book Description Donald I Fine, E Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S.A., 1996. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. Advanced Reader. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 002953
Book Description Dutton Adult, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M155611477X