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 speical 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 f... more »riend, 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 s**t, I've seen this one before The Charmer." And when he take 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 making love, he slaps her bottom quite gently. She is curious and embarrassed, but also a little exeited by it.
And so begins a remarkable first novel that takes us into the daily of a woman who could be any of our sisters or friends. But we are also shown the part of her life she would never talk about over cappuccino:the part that is completely enmeshed in a passionate and violent sadomasochistic relationship, which suddenly takes another turn.« less
This book was definitely a page turner for me. While it does have some very graphic sexual and violent parts to it, I felt it also spoke to depression and abandonment.
The book also addresses children who grow up in institutions waiting to be adopted and feeling unheard by the child welfare system.