We asked Sohn, who we have come to appreciate over the years for her unapologetic depiction of intimacy (or lack thereof) from the female POV, what she believes constitutes a “good” sex scene in lit. “I like scenes that don’t begin at the beginning and end at the traditional end: the man’s orgasm,” she told us. “I prefer scenes that begin in the middle, or skip around like a record or end with the female orgasm. Maybe the woman comes and we don’t get to hear the rest of it.” So, how do you write “good” sex? She offered up this tip: “Sex in fiction should never read like the scene between Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis in Top Gun, for a thousand different reasons. There is no blue light in real sex unless you live across from a neon sign, like the character in Fame.” So, dear readers, if you’re looking for some real, un-tinted sex, click through Sohn’s recommendations, and see what lies behind the seemingly perfect exteriors of Brooklyn’s most prized parenting demographic once more in Motherland (which, full disclosure, we weren’t able to put down).
Fear of Flying, Erica Jong
“Hot, funny, dirty, provocative, and feminist, it’s also a one-handed read. Special fun for those with a fetish for redheaded Australians.”
Little Birds, Anais Nin
“Though the title story might make moms of girls uncomfortable, this collection features a bunch of erotic vignettes that you can rely on for the rest of your life.”
My Secret Garden, edited by Nancy Friday
“First published in 1973, this book is not PC and includes ample rape and interracial fantasies. Each fantasy was submitted by a real woman so it’s a good portrait of where women’s minds were at that time period when my parents were busy babymaking. Will make you see Johnny Unitas and dogs in a whole new way.”
The rest at Flavorpill