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Peyton Amberg

by Tama Janowitz

Peyton Amberg travels the world, embarking on numerous affairs as she bids to find her own life, far away from her domineering mother-in-law and pedantic husband. This is a mildly humorous book that will hit you harder than you might at first suspect. Also, you may be surprised by Peyton's stance on marriage.

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What weird fate had placed her in the hotel, married to a dentist, financially sound, a nearly grown son who was not a drug addict; and she herself slim-hipped with large breasts and silky black hair, and a career-of-sorts that provided her with freedom? Everything on paper was perfect. Only, inside was a gnawing animal, the sexual beast, who mostly dozed but who, on waking would roar into a frenzy, chewing off its own leg to get out of the trap. And the trap was she.

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