Erotica fans with short attention spans will find these sexy quickies hard to resist.

Visions 2013


Sensuous snippets from a fantasy sex life.

Heady and highly explicit, Trent’s debut risqué erotica collection offers 23 imaginative fantasies that will appeal to those who enjoy brief flashes of self-pleasure and intercourse rather than fully realized stories. The author unapologetically sacrifices characterization and plot in favor of heavy doses of bawdy, XXX-rated sex, encompassing a wide variety of themes, situations, moods and participants. Not one for mincing words, Trent gets right to the point: There’s always some sort of sexual stimulation occurring within her first few opening sentences. Erotica fans will benefit from the collection’s thematic variety, as will readers who bore easily, since each short fantasy—just a few pages in length—ends as swiftly and bluntly as it began. In Trent’s world, something as mundane as opening junk mail can spur an impulsive, spontaneous masturbatory session progressing into a steamy ménage à trois with two college friends who happen to drop by. She explores the innocence of youth in stories revolving around the development of her teenage body, whether unexpectedly aroused on horseback, on a bus, against the washing machine, or relishing in juicy dalliances with female college friends and roommates. From Trent’s fertile imagination materializes a nymphomaniac vixen—an insatiable minx who is easily stimulated by peeled vegetables; or the office intern; or the voyeuristic neighbor; the housekeeper; her cousin, Ginger, in Seattle; or in a movie theatre. Best enjoyed one or two in a sitting, the work’s vigorous carnality is definitely not for the prudish, and while all the sex and their associated setups do have potential, if they’re devoured sequentially, the tales’ derivativeness becomes more apparent. But there are, thankfully, moments where personality and humor, however infrequent, sparkle through, as in describing the unorthodox life of a female construction worker or when a character frequents the gym for more than just exercise, remarking, “My workouts usually don’t last that long but the relieving tension part is off the charts.” These moments undoubtedly hint at larger, more fully developed works in the future for Trent.

Erotica fans with short attention spans will find these sexy quickies hard to resist.   

Pub Date: Feb. 28, 2013

ISBN: 978-1482379648

Page Count: 80

Publisher: N/A

Review Posted Online: May 22, 2013

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Four men who meet as college roommates move to New York and spend the next three decades gaining renown in their professions—as an architect, painter, actor and lawyer—and struggling with demons in their intertwined personal lives.

Yanagihara (The People in the Trees, 2013) takes the still-bold leap of writing about characters who don’t share her background; in addition to being male, JB is African-American, Malcolm has a black father and white mother, Willem is white, and “Jude’s race was undetermined”—deserted at birth, he was raised in a monastery and had an unspeakably traumatic childhood that’s revealed slowly over the course of the book. Two of them are gay, one straight and one bisexual. There isn’t a single significant female character, and for a long novel, there isn’t much plot. There aren’t even many markers of what’s happening in the outside world; Jude moves to a loft in SoHo as a young man, but we don’t see the neighborhood change from gritty artists’ enclave to glitzy tourist destination. What we get instead is an intensely interior look at the friends’ psyches and relationships, and it’s utterly enthralling. The four men think about work and creativity and success and failure; they cook for each other, compete with each other and jostle for each other’s affection. JB bases his entire artistic career on painting portraits of his friends, while Malcolm takes care of them by designing their apartments and houses. When Jude, as an adult, is adopted by his favorite Harvard law professor, his friends join him for Thanksgiving in Cambridge every year. And when Willem becomes a movie star, they all bask in his glow. Eventually, the tone darkens and the story narrows to focus on Jude as the pain of his past cuts deep into his carefully constructed life.  

The phrase “tour de force” could have been invented for this audacious novel.

Pub Date: March 10, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-385-53925-8

Page Count: 720

Publisher: Doubleday

Review Posted Online: Dec. 22, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2015

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More about grief and tragedy than romance.


Five friends meet on their first day of kindergarten at the exclusive Atwood School and remain lifelong friends through tragedy and triumph.

When Gabby, Billy, Izzie, Andy and Sean meet in the toy kitchen of the kindergarten classroom on their first day of school, no one can know how strong the group’s friendship will remain. Despite their different personalities and interests, the five grow up together and become even closer as they come into their own talents and life paths. But tragedy will strike and strike again. Family troubles, abusive parents, drugs, alcohol, stress, grief and even random bad luck will put pressure on each of them individually and as a group. Known for her emotional romances, Steel makes a bit of a departure with this effort that follows a group of friends through young adulthood. But even as one tragedy after another befalls the friends, the impact of the events is blunted by a distant narrative style that lacks emotional intensity. 

More about grief and tragedy than romance.

Pub Date: July 24, 2012

ISBN: 978-0-385-34321-3

Page Count: 322

Publisher: Delacorte

Review Posted Online: Nov. 14, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2012

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