Transgressions: Stories

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"Bingham writes with an austere and unerring knowledge of what it is to be human and—transgressive."—Paula Fox

"These are marvelous stories of experience and have the ripeness of wry, hard-won wisdom."—Phillip Lopate

"Bingham has the eye to see where a story lives, the heart to understand it, and the voice—and craft—to tell it."—Robin Morgan In her wise and sexy new collection, Sallie Bingham examines modern-day "transgressions" in affairs of the heart. She offers up a ménage à trois, an older woman’s affair with a student, a painter who uses his age as an excuse to behave indecorously. But the reader quickly discovers the real transgressions are those of the self against the self.

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Bingham's first novel was published by Houghton Mifflin in 1961. Since, she has published four collections of short stories (including Transgressions, Sarabande, 2002), four novels, and a memoir. She was Book Editor for The Courier-Journal in Louisville and has been a director of the National Book Critics Circle. She is the founder of The Kentucky Foundation for Women.

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Veteran novelist Bingham (Straight Man) displays her solid command of narrative as well as her unique voice in an impressive collection of short fiction that finds aging men and women in a variety of erotic and romantic scenarios. The range is noteworthy: "Apricots" features an older professor jarring fruit with one of her charges, a college student who proceeds to seduce her after outlining her shortcomings in the class he attended, while "Benjamin" focuses on the cheeky, lecherous antics of a famous 90-year-old artist who takes his final stab at youth by trying to bed a series of attractive young girls. "Loving" tells the story of an older couple's plan to take a spur-of-the-moment trip to sea caves on Crete, where the husband long ago had a tryst with a girl from Cincinnati. In "A Remarkably Pretty Girl," a young, recently divorced woman walking home after a one-night stand sees her entire future unfold before her in a hopeful, exuberant vision: "Eventually, there would be even more children Eventually, it would begin to seem unlikely that anyone, even a hairdresser had ever called her a remarkably pretty girl. And then she would begin to live." "Rat," in contrast, finds a woman regretting an adventurous affair after her lover gets sick and she feels obligated to help with his ongoing care. Bingham explores the unexpected and sometimes disconcerting underside of experience in these pages, revealing an admirable gift for subtlety and understatement.
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