I normally place guest author articles on Tuesdays but this weekend I came down with something vicious that feels like it has my nose sandwiched in the refrigerator door.
Anywhooooo… I must place this Warning: “ADULT CONTENT” due to this post’s sexual content and language.
Author, Sarah Martinez cut her writing “teeth” as an editor for a long stint until just recently when she broke out onto the scene as quite an incredible writer. A mix between Junot Diaz and Alice Munro, Ms. Martinez has a lovely authorial voice as you’ll soon witness in the following excerpt of her debut novel…
SEX & DEATH IN THE AMERICAN NOVEL by Sarah Martinez
We all know the first line is the most important: it sets the tone, tells you what this story will be about. Call me Vivianna. Would Melville approve? How about copying straight from Heller: It was love at first sight. We all remember Lolita; how would Nabokov do it?
What if I just come out and say it. This book is the answer to the notion that women ought to fear asking for what they want the most. Whether it’s time alone to write, demanding for and getting respect, or a patient hand under which to soften up and eventually get off. You know what’s even worse: we know we won’t get it anyway. Fuck Virtue. This document serves as my rejection of the notion that I am doomed—by virtue of my gender—to a life of boredom, inanity, and servitude.
An old man in Arizona has over seventy wives. If a woman ever said that one man wasn’t enough for her, you know what they would say about her? I could spend at least ten minutes on the list. Making up lists is a great writing exercise by the way. I learned that from my father. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1989 for his novel Taking Ivy Down. Dear old Dad.
Let’s start with two men—just for argument’s sake. What would that look like? Feel like? Smell like? Taste like?
Two men…two sets of lips, two pairs of eyes moving over my face, my breasts, my hips, resting further down. Two sets of hands, warm and strong, only me, naked and trembling with anticipation between them. Two rustling, soft heads of hair, two minds, two hearts…spirits, two of everything. The energy between them flows through me. Associations come freely when I am in this state; rain, dark swirling skies, and rich red blood flowing from both their hammered faces, they fought…for me. Now we are all together, and they’ve forgiven each other, their bruised lips crush against mine, against my face, against every part of me until finally they come together. As I tip my head back, taking in the scents of their bodies, metallic and musky, sweaty and raw, they reach for each other. The one who lost the battle—the blonde with red rimmed blue eyes—faces me, his arms around mine, his hands reaching further to the one behind me who, underneath the scents of exertion, smells like leather and tangy soap. Their faces come together over my shoulder, first testing, pulling back, then together again. They kiss, more roughly than they would kiss me, with hands moving up to run through each other’s hair, pulling on it, and both pairs of hands move over my arms and shoulders. Sounds of stubble across skin, scraping, hands over tingling flesh, mine, a wince, low voices, soft wispy sounds echo in the silence of this old warehouse…no wait, make that a boxing ring, we’re on the dirty white mat in the center of the ring.
The one behind me—the winner—leans forward, grazing the skin behind my ear with his teeth, the sticky wet skin of his torso connecting all the way along my back. He pushes me down, working himself deeper in me, opening me wide, his hands wrap around both sides of my hips. He groans and the sound sends a thrill though me. The one in front works his way in from below. I am sandwiched between the two of them, and take the loser’s face in my hands, stroking the area near his swollen eye, running the tip of my nose over his lips, his cheek; I gently kiss his forehead, pulling back and tasting coppery blood.
My mother’s words intruded, “Vivianna, are you paying attention?”
“No, I’m writing,” I said. “We are on our way to a Writers’ Conference aren’t we?”
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ABOUT SARAH MARTINEZ
Sarah Martinez lives in Seattle with her husband and two children. She is a member of the Northwest Independent Editor’s Guild and the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. Sex and Death in the American Novel is her first book.
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