A libidinous fairy tale with an unusual Prince Charming.
David Greenfield is a happily married Manhattan divorce lawyer though a self-described "first responder" when it comes to women's breasts. He loves to talk about books and art and also to gossip about his high-society clientele. When he's complimented for his forbearance in dealing with other people's problems, he humbly reflects, "I try not to go there. What's the point? If there were parades for people who suck it up and get on with their lives, the marching would never end." Unfortunately, as he watches other marriages die on the vine, David gets a little too smug about his own, still smokin' hot after 20 years. When he's propositioned by an important art photographer, he invokes the "adultery killer" clause he and wife Blair, a Barnard dean, devised years ago—you have to invite the person home for a three-way. Things go well with this adventure, until they don't. Turns out Mr. Perfect has lessons to learn about marriage after all. Some readers will love this book for the sex (you're going to find out what "tribbing" is, but please, don't Google it if your children are around); others will be more attracted to the Big Apple wisecracking ("a city where you hear two opinions on any topic but rarely a third") and the comic moments (look for the riff on Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne"). One way or another, journalist Kornbluth's debut novel is determined to woo you: "Over the years, I've come to think that the best way to learn about a woman—the best way short of spending a night with her—is to watch her read."
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