The Limits of Pleasure
A novel, by Daniel M. Jaffe
On this Chanukah Eve, December 1st, 2010, Bear Bones Books, the “hairy arm” of GLBTIQ publisher Lethe Press, will publish its first novel, a reprint of Daniel M. Jaffe’s acclaimed book, The Limits of Pleasure.
With great humor and sensitivity, The Limits of Pleasure follows Dave Miller, a forty-year-old, gay Bearish, Jewish man, living in Boston in an escalating skirmish to reconcile his Jewish and gay identities.
A year after the death of his Holocaust-surviving grandmother, Dave leaves Boston for Amsterdam, the home of Anne Frank, whom his Grandma revered. Dave, feeling undeserving to confront the suffering that Grandma endured in the concentration camps, cannot bring himself to visit Anne Frank’s house.
Angry at himself and the world, Dave repeatedly seeks out risky erotic trysts that mix sacred ritual with profane hedonism. Then he meets Alexander, a sexually reserved Dutchman of Indonesian heritage, who has identity conflicts of his own. The relationship shakes both men’s lives to their core.
Limitless Praise for The Limits of Pleasure
“The Limits of Pleasure is a disturbing and evocative combination of gay erotica and Holocaust memoir. . . . Readers are likely to find The Limits of Pleasure interesting and controversial.” — The Santa Barbara Independent
“His ruminations sketch out his relationship to family, religion, sexuality, and history at large. Bawdy eroticism is juxtaposed with sentimentality, depravity interlaced with piety, and the sacred wedded to the profane in this acrid comedy. . . . masterfully written . . . an entertaining and salient piece. Jaffe is unquestionably a gifted writer with much to say in a voice that is rarely heard.” — XFactor
“The Limits of Pleasure is an extremely intelligent and entertaining view into one man’s multi-faceted and perverse psyche.” — The Liberty Press (Kansas)
“Jaffe accurately covers all the bases of human emotion within his narrative, exploring what it means to survive. Like the central character’s experiences, this debut novel will enhance the reader’s own path to self-discovery.” — Paul J. Willis, Unzipped
“Dave Miller, the main character in Jaffe’s novel The Limits of Pleasure (2001), is torn between the moral obligations imposed on him by his late grandmother, a Holocaust survivor, and his desires as a gay man. By daringly juxtaposing sacred and erotic imageries, the novel presents a courageous portrait of a middle-aged man who slowly learns to define his Jewish identity on his own terms. Dave’s capacity to find hope in the middle of conflict is a quality that also defines Jaffe’s writing as a whole.” — The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Multiethnic American Literature
The Limits of Pleasure
A novel by Daniel M. Jaffe
Bear Bones Books / Lethe Press • Paperback, 5.5 x 8.5″, 208 pp.
Release date: Chanukah Eve, December 1, 2010
ISBN-10: 1-59021-196-0 • ISBN-13: 978-1-59021-196-0 • $15.00
Categories: Gay / Bi Male Fiction, Erotica
Distributed by: ASP, Baker & Taylor, Ingram
Also available for Kindle, iBook, and all electronic-book formats.