Category: Fiction / General
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 1 March 2004
Number of pages: 400
Prizes: Shortlisted for Nielsen BookData/ABA Book of the Year Award - Booksellers' Choice 2003.
For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey - the international bestseller - an explosive novel of sex, secrecy and escape. 'You've never been in control, until now; you've never, before, had exactly what you want...The lights turned off. A touch that's gentle, slow, provocative, that builds you up, that makes you want it too much...' Imagine on honeymoon, lulled by sultry heat and the promise of a lifetime's happiness, you discover a shocking secret about your husband. But instead of destroying you, the knowledge brings freedom; the freedom to bare your soul, explore your deepest desires and discover what you really want. THE BRIDE STRIPPED BARE is the story of a passionate sexual awakening, as erotic as it is dangerous. The seduction goes further when a married woman recalls her first love affair in Nikki Gemmell's WITH MY BODY...
In the literary tradition of female rebellion comes The Bride Stripped Bare, an explosive account of one woman's sexual awakening and a meta-diary about the creation of a manuscript. The story begins and ends with notes from the narrator's mother, whose daughter has disappeared with her newborn son; her car and the baby's pushchair have been found near a cliff, but no bodies have been recovered. All that remains of the young woman is a manuscript that reveals to the grieving mother a daughter she now questions if she ever knew. This dramatic framework is secondary to the manuscript itself, a blistering, second-person narrative written by an author who never identifies herself by name, only by sharing her experience with the reader and therefore making her an Everywoman. Beginning her diary in Morocco, on her delayed honeymoon, the narrator stumbles into the hotel room and overhears her husband having an intimate conversation with her best friend. From that point on, her life changes. Her husband is a stranger; her best friend is gone. In trying to start again, the narrator embarks on a project: she decides to write an answer to the scandalous 16th-century feminist text that's been in her family for generations. She documents what women really want, meanwhile embarking on a steamy affair with a young Spanish actor and eventually living out her sexual fantasies with strangers. In finally achieving sexual satisfaction from others, she finds renewed interest in her marriage, appreciating her husband and strengthening her bond with him. The book ends with the birth of her baby, and the feeling of triumph that she could do something that her best friend could not: begin a family with the man they both love and find fulfilment in motherhood. The framework of the book, however, reveals the truth behind the myth that women only want to be mothers. This is a powerful and intelligent novel, with an unpopular message: that sex and love are not always the same thing, and that it is never possible fully to know another person - or oneself. (Kirkus UK)
What the papers say:
'Starkly explicit...richly descriptive with a fast-paced narrative' Sunday Telegraph 'Nikki Gemmel's prose has a wonderful sensuousness...witty...a subtle portrait of a modern and rather alienating marriage' Lisa Appignanesi, Independent Magazine 'Must read...A tale of sexual awakening for the dark horse in all of us' Tatler 'The sex is well-written...Gemmell is refreshingly straightforward about the act' Melanie McGrath, Evening Standard 'Easy to read, hard to put down. Keep an extinguisher handy' Closer 'A page-turner' Evening Standard 'A bored housewife embarks on a life of sexual pleasure...The sex is rude and raunchy and "exactly where you want it"' Elle 'Personal dilemmas are bravely explored; thoughts and fantasies about sex and infidelity, which most women have learned to keep to themselves, are laid bare on the page in all their shocking glory...brutal, brilliant and addictive' Glasgow Herald
Nikki Gemmell's unmasking as the 'anonymous' author of The Bride Stripped Bare sparked tremendous media interest in the book, which went on to become an international bestseller. Reviewers have hailed the freshness and power of her writing.
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