Nothing Natural Author:Jenny Diski Rachel is a modern woman. She is in her thirties, divorced, living with her young daughter, staying friends with her ex-husband for the child's sake, working as a special ed. teacher. All in all she's pleased with herself and her life, and if she should become a little depressed-she goes shopping. — Then, at a dinner party given by an old school ... more »friend, she meets Joshua. "Very clever, but a bit odd. Not someone to get involved with, but interesting" had been his billing. When they are introduced, she thinks, "Oh shit, I've seen this one before. The Charmer." And when he takes her home, she doesn't feel threatened; quite the opposite, she feels in total control. But once they are in her bed, the control becomes his. As they are making love, he slaps her bottom quite gently. She is curious and embarrassed, but also a little excited by it.
And so begins a remarkable first novel that takes us into the daily life of a woman who could be any of our sisters or friends.« less