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Grove Press
Grove Press
Grove Press

Your Name Written on Water

by Irene Gonzalez Frei

“Intense. . . . The Story of O comes to mind, as do Anaïs Nin’s perfervid fantasies. But Frei’s gritty little sexual story gets under your skin and nags away at you. . . . [A] very accomplished performance.” –Kirkus Reviews

  • Imprint Grove Paperback
  • Page Count 208
  • Publication Date October 19, 1999
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-3648-0
  • Dimensions 5.5" x 8.25"
  • US List Price $15.00

About The Book

Your Name Written on Water, winner of an international contest for erotic literature in Spanish and a bestseller in Spain, is a startling and charged exploration of desire and narcissism that reads like Carole Maso’s Aureole with a twist of The Story of O. Sofia works in a gallery in Madrid, the young wife of an architect whose love for her has hardened into a passionate and destructive resentment. Her life is transformed when one afternoon, by chance, she spends her lunch hour at a public pool outside the city. There she meets Marina, a woman who is her doppelganger. They are immediately drawn together – so powerfully that Sofia feels it all may be a trick of her fevered mind – and together they forge a love that is tender as well as passionate, with an intimacy that is almost eerie. When Sofia learns Marina is leaving for a job in Rome, she sees the perfect exit from a marriage that has become tyranny. And so they go, twin fugitives after desire – but pursued as well by the specter of danger. Your Name Written on Water is a stunningly accomplished and deeply psychological novel with the charge of an erotic thriller.

Praise

“Intense. . . . The Story of O comes to mind, as do Ana’s Nin’s perfervid fantasies. But Frei’s gritty little sexual story gets under your skin and nags away at you. . . . [A] very accomplished performance.” –Kirkus Reviews

“Frei explores the outer limits of sexual pleasure and danger. . . . The book is sensual and psychologically savvy. Its interrogation of heterosexual, homosexual and transsexual desires quivers with intelligence, heat and heart.” –Publishers Weekly

“In its scenes beats the heart of Henry Miller and Ana’s Nin, but also, closer to the surface, there are echoes of de Sade.” –El Pais

“A taut and agile novel . . . through the dual and singular love of Sof”a and Marina, the author shows us that love, tenderness (and also its opposite) are the best erotic catalysts.” –Cordoba