|Timothy Leary extolled this first novel as "poignant and hilarious . . . rowdy sexual expression rarely seen in literary works by women." Maria finds herself surrounded by departures, but she's going nowhere herself. Her lesbian lover has deserted her, her friends are dying, and neurosis strangles what used to be a workable lifestyle. Yet Maria finally learns the route to real love and her own redemption from two male friends. Author Elise D'Haene's prose is stunning, showing off her talent with imagery that also has made her a fine screenwriter.