THE JULIETTE SOCIETY
Referencing everyone from the Marquis de Sade to Hitchcock to Kubrick, former adult film star Grey’s erotica debut is shocking and smart — a film buff’s paradise. Her language swings between hauntingly poetic, sharply intellectual and borderline ridiculous, making the reader wonder if they’re immersed in an elaborate parody of erotic exploration or the real thing. Her protagonist’s journey into the Juliette Society’s depths is a delicious meta-commentary on both erotic noir and romance. If erotic romance fans can ride out some of the more starkly vulgar passages, they’ll find a great read.
Catherine, a young film student, is in a satisfying, if mundane, relationship with her boyfriend, Jack. When she meets the wildly shocking Anna in a class, Anna takes her private fantasies to a whole new level, opening the door to a seedy, sexual underbelly that Catherine never knew existed in the world around her. But, much like the characters in the classic movies she loves so much, a mysterious woman and a new obsession could lead to her undoing. (GRAND CENTRAL, Sep., 320 pp., $15.00)