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Obsession: An Erotic Tale [Hardcover]

Gloria Vanderbilt

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Book Description

June 15 2009

The marriages of desire . . .

From the multitalented and versatile Gloria Vanderbilt comes a passionate, sensual, witty, and puzzling tale of erotic obsession, beauty, and revenge, told in tandem by two women obsessed with the same man—and, ultimately, with each other.


Talbot Bingham is a renowned architectural genius who, with his formidable wife, Priscilla, creates an architectural community. When he dies unexpectedly in the middle of their tenth wedding anniversary celebration, the devastated Priscilla is left keeper of the flame of Talbot's genius. Going through her husband's archives, she comes unexpectedly upon a pile of neatly tied letters, and the shocking secret of her husband's intimate life—a discovery that shatters the foundation of her soul and spirit.

<em>Obsession</em> explores the mysteries of the human heart and the nature of sexuality and obsession, provoking questions about whom we choose to love, and why. The reader is left to decide if the other woman represents another facet of Priscilla, or if Priscilla her-self has invented the other woman who completed the world her husband so recently inhabited?

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd; 1 edition (June 15 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061734896
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061734892
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 12.6 x 1.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #555,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description


“In her new novel, Gloria Vanderbilt has created a remarkable tapestry of human passion--an interior world of highly charged erotic mysteries that teasingly suggest, but ever elude, decoding. OBSESSION is a poetic tale on the nature of possession and obsession.” (Joyce Carol Oates )

About the Author

Gloria Vanderbilt is the author of four memoirs and two novels. She contributes to various publications, including the <em>New York Times</em>, <em>Vanity Fair</em>, and <em>Elle</em>, and has received two honorary doctorates of Fine Arts. She lives in New York City.

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Amazon.com: 1.9 out of 5 stars  25 reviews
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful. The worst book I've ever read. Forget about it! Sept. 29 2009
By Linda Linguvic - Published on Amazon.com
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I only attempted this book because it was hyped in some very reliable sources as an erotic tale written by Gloria Vanderbilt. I was curious.

Well, first of all, it is much too short to be called a book. It measures only 5 x 7, the type is humongous, there are wide margins and it is only 144 pages long. The theme is bondage amidst some pretentious over-described scenes. I read the whole thing in about a half hour and must say that this is the worst book I have ever read. It's boring, it's silly and the parts that are supposed to be erotic seem actually comic.

This book is awful. Don't bother with it.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars complete waste of time, money and space on my kindle! July 24 2009
By Kelle Brucker - Published on Amazon.com
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this was a horrible read. writing was bad, plot was hard to follow, and ending with a sentence that says this is the end of the book "dear readers"?? complete waste of my time.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Two thumbs down............... July 26 2009
By Ruby D. - Published on Amazon.com
..two thumbs to flip it into the trash can, It is a boring and bizarre plot. It is a bored, rich and frigid housewives fantasy, has a couple of 'c*ck' words in it, but the erotica is too Harlequin fantasy romance paperback type. If you must read it, wait a few weeks it will show up at the 99c store.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One star is too high July 13 2009
By J. Callanan - Published on Amazon.com
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My book club thought this would be a fun summer read! It caused laughter for such a ridiculous pick but it was hardly a " fun read" It is not well written, a bit trashy/kinky and not even erotic! Never again will I use a Newsweek review or a NY Times review. What a waste of time.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Chloe March 16 2012
By A reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
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Gloria wrote a beautiful book about her son. She is a wonderful person to hear talk, and has done beautiful design work. She can do better than this. I am unhappy for her.

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