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Don Juan in the Village
A Novel
Jane DeLynn

"If Woody Allen were a lesbian, he might have written something like Jane DeLynn's Don Juan in the Village."—The Observer (London)

From the lesbian bars of New York City to the back streets of Fez, from the S&M scene in Los Angeles to the calm ocean depths off a Caribbean island, the heroine of Don Juan in the Village is ever on the prowl. In search of the longed-for, idealized lover, she finds instead a series of wrenching, sometimes hilarious encounters with an array of women, among them a movie star, a Moroccan prostitute, and a high school dropout who works as a grocery store clerk. Hip, sardonic, yet painfully self-conscious and often deluded, she is convinced that no matter where she goes or whom she is with, she is doomed to perpetual solitude and estrangement.

"The thing about sex—as this novel demonstrates in relentless (and riveting) detail—is that it's hardly ever just about sex. DeLynn has created a tough yet vulnerable antihero."—Village Voice

Jane DeLynn is the author of the widely acclaimed novels Leash, Real Estate, Some Do, and In Thrall, also published by the UW Press. Her work has appeared in Paris Review, Mademoiselle, Glamour, Harper's Bazaar, New York Times, New York Observer, and Tikkun, and she lived in Saudi Arabia as a correspondent for Mirabella and Rolling Stone during the Gulf War. She shares time between Long Island and St. Louis.

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October 2003
LC: 2003045830 PS
250 pp.   6 x 9  

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ISBN 978-0-299-19004-0
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A fascinating, funny, and intense world tour of lesbian lust. . . . Bold, brash, frank, risqué, engaging, and at times borderline brilliant."
—Lambda Book Report

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