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The Polygamist by William Irvine

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The Polygamist by William Irvine

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One man, many wives

In The Polygamist, William Irvine explores love, sex, and marriage within the context of an unusual household. An exploration of sexual fantasy and desire, ultimately The Polygamist is a coming of age story with a strong spiritual theme.

Set at the end of the seventies, a time when experimentation with alternative lifestyles and sexual relationships was rife, The Polygamist follows the fortunes of Omar Al Ghamdi, Saudi-born but educated in the West; a man who is the product of two irreconcilable cultures.

After two decades he has come to experience philandering as increasingly superficial; but vehemently opposed to monogamous fidelity, turns to polygamy as the solution to his high turnover existence. His hope is that taking several wives will provide him with a more honest and satisfying alternative, allowing him to engage in deeper relationships whilst still giving a long enough leash to his sexuality.

Having pursued his goal without compromise by entering into serial arranged marriages, he lives with his household on a remote house on Colva Beach in Goa. Does the reality live up to the dream? And, what is it like for the women? How can one man possibly satisfy multiple female partners?

Written from an unashamedly male perspective, The Polygamist will appeal to those wishing to understand male sexuality and the desires that shape all of our lives and relationships.

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A Word from the Author

author-william-irvine-pictureLiving with a harem is a fairly common male fantasy. I’ve certainly held it myself for as long as I can remember. There have been periods when the idea came to me so often and so vividly that I actually contemplated making it a reality. How would I set about it? I would need arranged marriages, a large house somewhere in the world giving plenty of privacy, and so forth. The thinking I did provided me with the start point for the novel. In order to write The Polygamist I then enjoyed, even finding it cathartic, having to think through how the reality might actually take shape. What would it really be like to live with several wives?

Whilst the novel is erotic fiction, a sexual fantasy, I am also interested in sexual mysticism – which is explored in the novel – and in the nature of desire itself. What happens when we convert fantasy or desire into reality? What happens when the reality does not match what we wanted?

As far as possible I prefer to write from actual experience rather than imagination. The novel gave me a vehicle with which to relate a number of curious episodes from my early adult life in India. Fact – as the adage goes – is stranger than fiction; so much stranger that I sometimes worry if my readers will dismiss some of the real events described in the book as pure fiction.

(William Irvine, November2016)

 

 

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The Coach House and Daughters (Boxed Set) by Florence Osmund

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The Coach House and Daughters are  Literary/Historical Fiction novels by Florence Osmund

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THE COACH HOUSE: It’s 1940’s Chicago, and newlyweds Marie and Richard Marchetti have the perfect life together. Or at least it seems until Marie discovers his involvement in a corrupt underworld that compels her to run for her life. Fate draws her to Atchison, Kansas which she believes is a safe refuge and perfect place to start over. But Marie quickly learns that she has never been out of Richard’s purview, and while his threatening attempts to win her back cause turmoil in her life, it’s the discovery of her real father and his heritage that affect her more than Richard ever could.

DAUGHTERS: Marie prepares for the first visit with her father and his family. She worries about how her life is about to change and what she will learn about her own identity. A great deal happens during Marie’s visit, and in her search for peace and truth in her life, she quickly learns that disparate lives can converge and interact in profound and surprising ways.

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Author Florence Osmund

My first attempt at writing a novel resulted in a manuscript of over 180,000 words–twice the recommended length. I was told I had to do two things to make it marketable–turn it into two books, and provide enough detail in the scenes to allow the readers to feel as though they were actually there (apparently I had written the whole story from a bird’s eye view). I followed this excellent advice, and that’s when “The Coach House” and “Daughters” were born. The books I eventually published were definitely an improvement over the first draft, but still I had a lot more to learn about writing fiction. I’m happy to say that I have gained significant insight into the writing craft since then…and I hope that never stops.
(Florence Osmund, 19th May 2016)

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Red Clover by Florence Osmund

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Red Clover is a Literary Fiction novel by Florence Osmund

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Lee Winekoop suffered a childhood fraught with criticism and isolation. Now twenty-six, confused and emotionally bankrupt, he leaves his dysfunctional upper-class family to find his true self. In pursuit of cultivating a meaningful life for himself, Lee discovers a world poles apart from the one he had left behind and an assortment of unforgettable characters to go with it. But just when things start falling into place, a well-intentioned domestic servant divulges an alarming family secret that causes Lee to question who he is and where he’s going.

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Author Florence Osmund

I have had a number of people say to me about “Red Clover” that they would like to see it made into a movie. Some of them have even identified the actors who they think would be good in the various roles. Of course comments like this are music to an author’s ears, even if I know that the likelihood of that happening is very low. That said, Octavia Spencer would have to play Shaneta. I just wouldn’t have it any other way.
(Florence Osmund, 19th May 2016)

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