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The setting is a New York apartment where two long-estranged lovers try to resuscitate their passion. Kay is old enough to be skeptical about men—this man in particular—but still alert to the possibility of true love. Benjamin is a filmmaker with an appealing waywardness and a conveniently disappearing fiancé. As the two lie entwined in bed, Susan Minot ushers readers across an entire landscape of memory and sensation to reveal the infinite nuances of sex: its power to exalt and deceive, to connect two separate selves or make them fully aware of their solitude. Honest and unflinching, the result is a hypnotic reading experience.
“Minot reaches a new level in her career. . . . Brimming with stylistic and emotional intelligence.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“A disconcerting examination of love and war between the sexes.” —The New Yorker
“Minot’s story. . . is timeless, and she makes you feel its pure, raw ache. . . . Rapture is erotic, but more: it’s romantic in the true sense of the word.” —Miami Herald
“Explores a tragic irony of love and sex: how one partner can reach the heights of devotion at the very instant the other is dumped into the pits of despair.” —Time Out New York
“Mesmerizing . . . provocative.” —Harper’s Bazaar
“In Minot's writing, one is often reminded of Henry James. Like James, she pursues the filaments of emotion that almost escape language. . . . Minot's writing [is] beautiful, evocative, and self-assured.” —O, The Oprah Magazine
“In language simultaneously rich and spare. . . . [Rapture] has a muscular swagger uncommon in fiction by women.” —Vogue