Literary Review’s Bad Sex in Fiction Award

Did you know there was such a thing? Perhaps you always thought there should be an award like this. The Literary Review Bad Sex in Fiction Award has been around since 1993, and “has honoured an author who has produced an outstandingly bad scene of sexual description in an otherwise good novel. The purpose of the prize is to draw attention to poorly written, perfunctory or redundant passages of sexual description in modern fiction, and to discourage them.”

The shortlisted nominees are:
Before, During, After by Richard Bausch
Book of Numbers by Joshua Cohen
Against Nature by Tomas Espedal
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
The Making of Zombie Wars by Aleksandar Hemon
Fear of Dying by Erica Jong
List of the Lost by Morrissey
The Martini Shot by George Pelecanos

Think you can predict the winner? Stay tuned for the announcement on December 1st. And in the meantime, if you’re curious about the books, the links in the titles will take you to the library’s catalog (or ask any of our friendly staff for assistance).


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