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he & She by [Clark, Wayne]
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* Chosen one of best indie novels of 2015 by IndieReader
* 5-star Silver Medal winner in the 2014 Readers' Favorite Annual International Award Contest
* Finalist 2015 IAN Awards
* Winner 2015 Authors Show "50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading" Contest

A Web photo of a dominatrix sends a man mired in midlife crisis on a last-ditch attempt to feel truly alive one more time, even if it kills him.

"There are multiple ways to view success in life, and Kit's journey through sexuality is not about preservation of the body, but of the soul... A remarkable investigation of a man attempting to save himself from stagnation." - IndieReader

"... a stylish piece of literary fiction... intellectually engaging throughout. A finely drawn portrait of desire in its fall and winter seasons."- BlueInk Review

"...All in all, this is a delectable novel about a man exploring his unknown sexual fantasies at the price of possibly losing his true self along the way."- Red City Review

Growing numb to life, to his on-and-off girlfriend of many years, his career, even Scotch, a man turns fifty. He is a translator who can no longer dream of translating beautiful works of fiction. He is an amateur musician who can no longer dream of expressing his life on a higher plane, without words. As he glares inside himself he sees little but his declining sexuality, his crumbling hold on life, a growing list of failed relationships, and a darkening well of loneliness.

Stumbling upon an image on the Internet one night, he suddenly hears cell doors sliding open. He stares at a young woman, in profile, beautiful, unblinking, regal. Instinctively he knows that by lingering on that image he will shatter a relationship that has kept him on the sane side of loneliness as surely as if he stepped in front of a speeding eighteen-wheeler. But desperate to feel alive again before time runs out, he knows he must see the stranger behind the pixels on his laptop screen.

Although it is her image that first transfixes him, his eye afterwards chances on a handful of words on the Internet page. She is a dominatrix. The word triggers something inside him, blows the dust off fantasies trickling back to adolescence, and slowly begins to re-choreograph his decades of sexual memories. Was he ever really the dominant male he thought he was? Did he have a sexual alter-ego? Was this the last card he had to play in life? The face on the screen held the answer. He would find out even if it killed him.

About the Author

Award-winning author Wayne Clark was born in 1946 in Ottawa, Ont., Canada, but has called Montreal home since 1968. Woven through that time frame in no particular order have been interludes in Halifax, Toronto, Vancouver, Germany, Holland and Mexico. By far the biggest slice in a pie chart of his career would be labelled journalism, including newspapers and magazines, as a reporter, editor and freelance writer. The other, smaller slices of the pie would also represent words in one form or another, in advertising as a copywriter and as a freelance translator. However, unquantifiable in a pie chart would be the slivers and shreds of time stolen over the years to write fiction.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 908 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Wayne Clark YUL/NYC; 1 edition (Jan. 19 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #237,435 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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He & She is a unique book which will be interesting for readers for decades to come. What this story contributes to literature goes beyond the realm of the particular sexuality it inhabits; it shows a consistent, gripping view of a world spanning several borders and continents criss-crossed by members from intriguingly diverse sectors of society. More than that, it tantalizingly hints at and then fleshes out exactly how the lives of lonely people intersect, so that you as the reader end up with a sense of intimacy with his characters that they themselves never achieve with each other. It is unflinchingly sincere in a way that I’ve never read before: you will share their highs, share their lows and then get involved all over again as they sniff out yet another perceived opportunity. Although it expresses an essentially tragic view of life that you may or may not completely agree with personally, this book is compelling. Kudos to Clark for creating characters in a dilemma that is extremely personal but writing about it in a way that elevates their interplay to a level which is actually much more universal. Bravo!
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Clark's first and A-1 novel has enriched us with an existential, page turning, character identified book. It's not overly plot oriented as is expected in erotic fiction, making it surpass genres and tear down stigmas.
This is not just about K's mid life crisis but about maintaining one's blindness to inner truths.
The BDSM scenes are not sleazy. They are an honest and stylish recount of K's experiences with dominatrixes and their company and the sexual satisfaction they ensue almost breaks apart his feelings of inadequacy and loneliness.
But more than that, this is a modern look at the pain of trying and needing to find the lost self through the insufficient love of others.
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Kit Cayman, although hardly straddling the middle-age hump, appears to be going through a mid-life crisis. He’s a translator by day in order to pay the rent and a frustrated musician wanna-be whose friendship with his neighbor, LeBron, is a love/hate relationship. On the one hand, LeBron is a musician with whom Kit can converse about his love for music but on the other, LeBron is doing what Kit wishes he had the balls and talent to do. Kit is becoming frustrated and unsatisfied with his life and spends an inordinate amount of time analyzing the various choices he’s made, both in terms of his career and in his relationships. While Kit’s been in a long-term relationship with Alana, a one night stand with the sultry Selita prompts him to seek out the services of a dominatrix and so begins Kit’s foray into the controversial world of BDSM. The book is very well written and provides an interesting look into a man’s psyche – especially when it comes to what drives him sexually. He & She is a satisfying read through and through – kind of a second cousin, twice-removed to 50 Shades!
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** Spoiler Alert **

This is the story of K, a more than fifty-year-old New York alcoholic translator who plays the horn non-professionally, who has no more family and only one friend and who loves wearing very tight tights.

The first part of the novel is about his years of solitary life since college until today. He speaks of his rare relationships with women and his steady one with alcohol. He mentions his recent erectile difficulties, which are not due to biological factors, but to psychological ones. He therefore wondered why these difficulties and discovers that when a woman is a little bit dominant, he has no such difficulties. He knows that he has a submissive and masochist streak needing to be satisfied.
"She had confirmed that somewhere down there, there was a submissive itch that needed scratching."

He begins to seek a Domme on the Web and, as soon as he sees her pictures, he falls in love with a Dominantrix he calls his Egyptian princess because of her look (very dark hair and eyes). But this Domme is twenty years younger than him and is allergic to any steady love relationship.
"Maybe one of us was just born at the wrong time, like in that movie you sent me, you know?"

So K tries to content himself with some BDSM sessions that his Princess can offer when she is not on a trip to Mexico or Montreal, to write her long emails and to send her short stories. When she goes to live in Montreal, she gives him the name of CC, a Domme of her friends, who are also interested in tights. But when CC goes to Montreal for some time, K decided to go and join his Princess there, thinking he may as well take translation contracts in Montreal than in New York.
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he&She by Wayne Clark is a truly fascinating story – from the prologue which simultaneously shocks and provokes sympathy the book follows the life of Kit Cayman as his world lurches from one disappointment to the next failure. Despite a promising university education he ends up working as a waiter, and eventually becomes a translator, though not of literary works as he’d dreamed, but translating management or technical documents day after day. In his relationships it’s a similar story, sexual frustration, disappointment, disconnection with the women he meets, until he discovers the Egyptian Princess – a dominatrix he finds online. They meet, and Kit’s life takes a positive turn – he feels fulfilled and can indulge his deepest sexual urges, stops drinking, even loses weight until his obsession takes over and he wants more than she will give. It’s all downhill from then on as Kit’s work dwindles, his drinking increases again and his health suffers, coming full circle. Clark very skillfully draws a detailed portrait of Kit and explores in depth the finer points of the tragic nature of this man’s struggle with himself and his self-centered existence. So compelling; a book that you’ll still be thinking about long after you’ve finished reading it.
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