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If he always has the headache, why should you suffer?
In the bestselling tradition of Bridget Jones's Diary comes this outrageous, hilarious look at love, marriage, and sex, introducing Anna Shapiro, who believes that surely there must be more to married life....
Tabloid reporter Anna Shapiro can pinpoint the day, three years ago, that she and her husband, Dan, last had great sex. Anna would be grateful if something as ordinary as a mere headache was her husband's excuse; Dan's hypochondriac terrors include brain tumors, tropical diseases, and spontaneous combustion. While she loves her husband, she's not ready to give up on sex at age thirty-seven--so what can she do?
It's the perfect time for the distraction of a freelance assignment. But what her editor has in mind is a story on the explosive new feminist manifesto that prescribes no-strings-attached affairs for women. Anna's assignment is to interview three women who've had extramarital affairs purely for sexual pleasure--but she's inclined to take her research a bit further....
Can a woman have an uncomplicated affair purely for sexual pleasure--or do her emotions invariably interfere? Anna's determined to find out. And despite her worries about her middle-aged body, potential research assistants prove to be plentiful.
Going where no journalist has gone before, Anna delves into a world she'd never considered until now. What is, after all, the perfect outfit for committing adultery in? Is it truly beyond the pale to pick up a man--no matter how sexy he is--at a funeral? And what can be done about that single horrifying gray hair? The answers are more hilarious than Anna could ever have predicted.
But soonAnna finds herself facing the question that she never thought she'd have to answer: Is she willing to give up her marriage and her children for what may be the biggest gamble of her life?
A novel for every woman who's ever wondered--and every woman who hasn't--Neurotica will have you roaring with laughter as it takes you on a wickedly delightful journey of sheer indulgence.

"From the Hardcover edition.

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About the Author

Sue Margolis was a radio reporter for fifteen years before turning to novel writing. She lives in England, and has also written Spin Cycle and Apocalipstick.

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Taking up where Bridget Joness Diary took off, this saucy, sexy British adventure redefines the lusty womans search for erotic satisfaction. At 37, tabloid journalist Anna Shapiro proves to be a real do-it-yourself expert. While researching an article on adultery, she embarks on three spine-tingling extramarital trysts. Annas husband, Dan, is a compulsive hypochondriac, spending his time agonizing over a plethora of self-diagnosed diseases, planning his funeral and dodging his dead mothers nagging, reproachful voice. All this, and the demands of their two young children, has drastically reduced the Shapiros sex life; Anna remembers the last time she and her husband had anything resembling mind-blowingly filthy sex was three years ago. While Anna is shaggin to her hearts content, she is unaware that her husband, still faithfully in love with her, is seeking to cure himself of his neuroses, secretly, through therapy and a wacky New Age psychic. And she is surprised when her most recent fun-loving Romeo snags her heart, forcing her to face the possible disintegration of her family. In the midst of humorous high drama, Anna maintains her mission to publicly reveal a shocking secret of one of Americas most hypocritical and arrogant feminist figures. This subplot blooms alongside racy sex scenes, near-death catastrophes, a Jewish funeral, and the cost of male strippers, shallow editors and loyal friends. Anna emerges with a new understanding of herself, her family and her happiness. Margoliss prose is witty and sure. Annas story is not simply a portrait of a marriage or fluffy erotic high jinks, but rather a taut and rambunctious tale exploring the perils and raptures of the pursuit of passion. (June)

Saucy Brit Nina Shapiro is sex starved. If only her husband, Dan, weren't completely engrossed with his current hypochondriacal obsession-of-the-week, he could pay her some attention. But Dan's too busy lugging around his portable fire extinguisher, just in case he spontaneously bursts into flames. So when Nina is assigned to write a freelance article about a recently published book entitled The Clitoris-Centered Woman, she decides to sleep with three men and tell her own story. We follow Nina through her sexual travail and watch Dan attempt to battle his fears and reclaim his life. In the tradition of British television's Absolutely Fabulous, this very British romp is R-rated fun: clever and amusing but also a bit trashy. The catchy title and a lot of recent media attention will have patrons asking for it. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 4/1/99.]ÄBeth Gibbs, P.L. of Charlotte & Mecklenburg Cty., Charlotte, NC Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

The truth about Neurotica: "Four stars--A tremendously funny, colorful and gripping read." --Mail on Sunday "Uninhibited--joyous." --British Good Housekeeping "A saucy romp." --The Independent (London) "I almost read this book with my eyes shut, it's so naughty...but so nice." --Jenni Murray, host of Woman's Hour, BBC Radio 4, and Daily Express (London) columnist "Not for the puritanical...but its humor is irresistible." --The Jewish Telegraph From the Hardcover edition.

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