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SEX AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
by Alisa Kwitney

Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction

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Ex-soap opera actress Katherine Miner is a woman scorned. Dumped by her former co-star husband and left to provide for their 9-year-old son, she's fallen into tough times. A teacher of English as a second language, Kat is finding her vow to stay away from the opposite sex difficult -- especially considering the two attractive men sitting in her classroom.

This novel has a cute premise, but it fails to deliver on its potential. Kat's absent secret-agent father is a plot with promise, but Kwitney never provides a satisfying payoff. Hero Magnus is an upright guy, but he lacks dimension. Further, some of Kwitney's prose veers toward the amateurish with her penchant for telling as opposed to showing. For instance, "the short, extremely pregnant Mexican woman was unremarkable until Magnus looked more closely and saw the fierce intelligence in her eyes" is a prime example. (Apr., 320 pp., $22.00)

Reviewed By: Lauren Spielberg

Publisher: Atria

Published: April 2006

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