Tom De Haven
October 23, 1992 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Suicide Blonde

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Darcey Steinke
publisher
Atlantic Monthly Press
genre
Fiction, Erotic

We gave it a D

In Darcey Steinke’s much-hyped new novel, a woman named Jesse searches for her bisexual boyfriend and ends up flirting with a prostitute whose ambition is to become ”perverse and powerful.” After the initial fascination with Jesse’s amorality flags, boredom reigns. Steinke is slumming, evoking sleaze for its own sake while trying, unsuccessfully, to shock us. Midway through San Francisco’s underbelly, Jesse comments that everyone is ”hopelessly self-conscious.” The same can be said of Suicide Blonde. D

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