By Lionel Shriver
American kid's publication illustrator Irina McGovern enjoys a safe, settled existence in London together with her shrewdpermanent, dependable, disciplined accomplice, Lawrence—until the evening she unearths herself inexplicably attracted to kissing one other guy, a passionate, extravagant, top-ranked snooker participant. competing exchange futures hinge in this unmarried kiss, as Irina's decision—to quit to temptation or to maintain her doubtless secure partnership with Lawrence—will have momentous effects for her profession, her friendships and familial relationships, and the feel of her everyday life.
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He had dazzled her with fine dining, and slyly introduced racy, sexual stories from adolescence. He had gotten her drunk, for centuries a grammatical construction beloved of women who are loath to take responsibility for doing the drinking. In kind, he had gotten her stoned. He had lured her to his house, where he put on a display of prowess at his snooker table that she might be blinded by his celebrity status. ” gambit took the cake. Ramsey, naïve? It was Irina who was naïve, a flighty, airheaded fool who was dropping into her seducer’s arms like an apple from a tree.
Besides, if Irina theoretically believed that modern women should be independent and forceful, all that, the truth was that old-fashioned passivity could be sumptuous. Total abnegation of responsibility presented the same appeal of sleep, and the ecstasy of surrender helped to explain why once a year, for fifteen minutes a go, Irina fell in love with her dentist. If the active deliciousness of being ferried about and paid for was little observed of late and potentially on the way to extinction, it was all the more intoxicating for being retrograde.
He said at last. ” Irina looked at him blankly. Did he suspect something? “Not much that I haven’t told you on the phone. Work,” she said starkly. ” “Eventually . . ” She didn’t want to show the new work to Lawrence. She wanted to show it to Ramsey. Giving up, Lawrence rose with his face averted, and she could tell he was hurt. They chained the door, closed and locked the windows, drew the drapes, took their vitamins, flossed, and brushed their teeth. A rote regime repeated every night, on this one it took on a murderous monotony.