Anonymous Sex

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What to expect

Twenty-seven well-known writers, their imaginations unleashed by anonymity…

‘A sizzling assemblage of top-notch literary fiction’ LA TIMES

‘Whether it’s the guessing game or the erotica that draws you in, Anonymous Sex has something for everyone’ i-D

A book of pleasures and secrets—and great fun to read’ David Ebershoff, author of The Danish Girl and The 19th Wife

‘The hush-hush conceit is fun. . . . standouts include ‘History Lesson,’ a BDSM story that builds real anticipation in few pages; the steamy fairy tale ‘Rapunzel, Rapunzel’; and the unabashedly dreamy ‘Find Me’’Publishers Weekly

· A married woman has a BDSM-tinged encounter at a work conference
· Two young boys on a sleepover feel the first stirrings of desire
· In an artificially generated afterlife, anything can be sexual if you want it to be
· A young widow on a sleeper train shelters a criminal in her carriage
· A bisexual woman cheats on her wife with a baker
· Anyone can hire a holographic gigolo in 2098 – but one client gets a lot closer than she’d intended
· Female friends, sharing a hotel room, give in to long-repressed feelings
· The Rapunzel myth is rewritten…

In this diverse and ground-breaking collection there is something for everyone, from teenage experimentation to sex in the afterlife, from married couples pushing their boundaries to illicit encounters between strangers. Perhaps you will guess which story was written by your favourite author, perhaps you won’t, but the excitement is in the journey.

Twenty-seven erotic stories, anonymously written by:

Robert Olen Butler, Catherine Chung, Trent Dalton, Heidi Durrow, Tony Eprile, Louise Erdrich, Jamie Ford, Julia Glass, Peter Godwin, Hillary Jordan, Rebecca Makkai, Valerie Martin, Dina Nayeri, Chigozie Obioma, Téa Obreht, Helen Oyeyemi, Mary-Louise Parker, Victoria Redel, Jason Reynolds, S.J. Rozan, Meredith Talusan, Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, Souvankham Thammavongsa, Jeet Thayil, Paul Theroux, Luis Alberto Urrea, Edmund White

Téa Obreht’s second novel debuted at #12 on the New York Times bestseller list on 1/11/19

Critics Review

  • ‘A sizzling assemblage of top-notch literary fiction’ LA TIMES

    ‘Whether it’s the guessing game or the erotica that draws you in, Anonymous Sex has something for everyone’ i-D

    ‘Jordan and Tan assemble a literary erotica anthology with a coy twist: individual stories aren’t attributed, allowing readers to guess which of the decorated contributors wrote what. The hush-hush conceit is fun. . . . standouts include ‘History Lesson,’ a BDSM story that builds real anticipation in few pages; the steamy fairy tale ‘Rapunzel, Rapunzel’; and the unabashedly dreamy ‘Find Me.’ Noteworthy is the international scope of the stories’ settings’ Publishers Weekly

    ‘A diverse array of authors explore human sexuality . . . creates a fun mystery for the reader . . . beautifully crafted’ Kirkus Reviews

    ‘An anthology in the form of a parlor game, Anonymous Sex invites readers into the imaginations of some our best novelists, letting us marvel at their talents and desires while wondering who wrote what and if it even matters. A book of pleasures and secrets—and great fun to read’ David Ebershoff, author of The Danish Girl and The 19th Wife

    ‘There’s the thrilling, the melancholic, the lonely, the attached – and even the supernatural. Yet the actual sex that the anthology centers is spliced between musings on seduction, sexuality, relationships, desire, and unbridled human emotion. In each story, though, there’s an overwhelming message of sex positivity, bolstered by a space free of judgement’ Mashable

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