on March 21, 2015 :
Freak Parade chronicles the slow and sometimes painful resurrection of a previously-famous recording artist, Eugenia Sharpe. Her world is populated by those who are compromised in any number of ways, and that is perhaps the most refreshing part of this novel -- nothing is clear cut and very little is as it seems at first blush. Although the novel does feature a happy ever after ending, the road to that conclusion is deliciously fraught and convincingly realistic. The writing is clear and compelling. A very enjoyable read.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
on June 1, 2011 :
I love this book -- I forgot to be titillated by the erotic scenes, because I was so interested in the characters and their relationships. Turned into a real "page turner." I wish Marily would write a sequel -- we left the lovers as they were about to head off into the unknown (Pennsylvania).
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)
on Sep. 4, 2010 :
Freak Parade is a tour de force, a literary erotic novel that doesn’t shy away from the grittier realities of human nature and survival in the city.
Our protagonist, Eugenia Sharpe, used to be a famous singer, but she’s hit rock bottom. As the novel opens she has nothing. She’s standing in the ruins of a relationship to her music producer, a man who she has just discovered has been seeing other women on the side.
Returning to her old friends and the street scene, Eugenia (Genie) has to face up to how much she has lost – both in terms of her recent relationship and the glitzy lifestyle it afforded her, and what she walked away from before that time. But before Genie can begin to pull herself up from rock bottom, she digs herself that little bit deeper down the spiral, because that’s what we do when we’re hurt and trying to find our way.
As I was reading this novel I thought to myself: this is the real Sex and the City. I felt as if I had lived Genie’s tough days in New York, because the streets and the people were so real and vivid in my senses. I wanted Genie to survive, to pull through and shine like the brightest star again, and she does, but there's no triumph for Genie without initial hardship.
Marilyn Jaye Lewis is one of the few writers who can pull off this type of novel. As an author she doesn’t shy away from issues of gender and sexuality, the realities of abuse, racism and poverty. She shows us the seedy underbelly of the city as well as its luxurious and privileged side.
The book is intensely erotic with scorching sex scenes. It’s shocking and raw in places. It’s also warm and funny and sad and deeply emotional. It’s about destruction and redemption, friendship and desire, love and hate, pain and pleasure. It's also a powerful romance. All of these things make Freak Parade an unforgettable read.
(reviewed 40 days after purchase)
on Aug. 12, 2010 :
Lewis' characters are memorable, their struggles are believable, and their interactions held my interest until the very end. In fact, Lewis' novel was tough for me to put down -- I read all of FREAK PARADE in two prolonged sittings.
(reviewed 31 days after purchase)
on Aug. 3, 2010 :
This erotic novel is about a washed-up pop singer in New York who has to go out and get a job, start taking responsibility for herself, and stop making so many bad decisions. Along the way, she continues making a lot of bad decisions, has sex with a lot of people while working out some daddy issues, and finally meets the love of her life. A fan of the author's work, I really enjoyed her direct, passionate and compassionate writing. Her erotic scenes, characterized by a wonderful clarity and sense of pacing, are as messed-up and hot as ever. I wanted even more! And I loved the glimpses into New York bohemian culture around the end of the 1990s, when apparently even the bohemians, thanks to the trickle down of all that money, found ways to live fairly high off the hog. You'll really enjoy this novel.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)