A brilliantly observed, hilarious and poignant social satire. Wilcox's novels (there are six and characters overlap) have the narrative litheness of Armistead Maupin and the piercing tragi-comic insights of Edith Wharton. When Emily Brix and Clara Edward Tilman, two young women from Tula Springs, Louisiana, arrive in New York City in 1971, they ...
A brilliantly observed, hilarious and poignant social satire. Wilcox's novels (there are six and characters overlap) have the narrative litheness of Armistead Maupin and the piercing tragi-comic insights of Edith Wharton. When Emily Brix and Clara Edward Tilman, two young women from Tula Springs, Louisiana, arrive in New York City in 1971, they carry with them all the youthful expectancy of a bright future filled with passion and accomplishment. Emily, fresh out of Smith and eager to begin an acting career, takes a middling job in a film production company - the first in a series of compromises that presage her yielding to a passionless marriage , negotiated as coolly as a contract. Clara, more impulsive, with vague aspirations to a career in modelling, finds herself embroiled in a reckless affair with a much older man, and even more surprisingly, stumbles into unexpected and sudden celebrity. As the years pass by, both Emily and Clara realise that growing older often involves costly concessions that lead to dead ends, and that concessions in love are the most damaging of all. Polite Sex follows the progress of these women in this strangest of cities, and observes with acuity, wit and great compassion the poignant and circuitous path toward adult happiness.
Publishers Weekly, 1993-03-08 Two girlhood friends move together to New York City where their paths diverge in Wilcox's sometimes amusing but more often tiresome tale. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1991-04-26 Tula Springs, La., the locale of Wilcox's four, highly praised comic novels ( Modern Baptists ) is present here only as a reference point in the story of two young women, girlhood friends in Tula Springs, who come to New York City in the '70s. Just out of Smith and longing both for an acting career and a chance to lose her virginity with a husband who will worship her for having saved it, Emily Brix settles instead for a tedious job in a Times Square movie production company and a marriage of convenience. As her life slowly slides downhill, Emily remains adrift, out of place, unsure of who she is and what real love might encompass. Clara Edward, once third-runner-up in the Miss Louisiana beauty pageant, comes to the city in flight from an abusive fiance. Aspiring only to remain unbruised, Clara winds up as a TV star, married to a gentle man who dotes on her. Exploring the ironies of their vastly different situations, Wilcox is sometimes amusing, but more often tiresome; after a while, the contrast of Emily's hard luck with Clara's good fortune begins to pall. A jolting last-minute revelation comes too late; in its proper place in the narrative it might have given this tale the poignancy and credibility it never quite achieves. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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