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Punishment: A Love Story

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A lesbian parolee re-integrates into life in DC in a dark comedy about the dangers and delights of humiliation.

Desiree Schulman is home from federal prison—almost.

When Des returns to Washington, DC under "conditional release," she wants three things: to repair her relationships, to practice humility, and to stay out of prison. So she reconnects with her local sadomasoc
Kindle Edition, 333 pages
Published December 9th 2019 by Clickworks Press
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Dec 14, 2019 rated it liked it
was happy to discover PUNISHMENT is v similar to the author's previous work of fiction (AMENDS) in tone, which is often droll, but with an earnest heart. this work however focuses more on the sexual nature of the various personality defects which the author's trademark miserable characters must confront. they are often described by themselves and others in the language of "identity" which is certainly in vogue today so it reads true to life. that said, i was disappointed. it felt like reading on ...more
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Eve Tushnet's tragicomic, soulful novel about the residents of a Washington, DC halfway house is a brilliant exploration of the blurred line between fruitful humility and self-destruction. Her witticisms are worthy of Oscar Wilde. This was the first novel I finished in 2020 and nothing has yet come up to its standard. ...more
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Weird but good

Whenever I tried to quote a passage to my husband I had to preface the statement with, "This isn't porn, I swear."

The author has a lot of thoughts on submissiveness - to a system, to religion, to the world, to another person. The ending wrapped everything up nicely, even if there's no justice in the world.
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Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another hilarious offering from Tushnet!
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Eve Tushnet is a writer in Washington, DC. She has written for publications including the Atlantic, Commonweal, The American Conservative, the New York Post, and the online editions of the New York Times and Washington Post. She mostly covers the arts, from forgotten punk films to the US National Figure Skating Championships. She has published fiction in Dappled Things, Doublethink, and Lady Churc ...more

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