Booklist


For The Raising 

“[A] literary page-turner reminiscent of Donna Tartt’s Secret History.”


For Suspicious River

"Young, married Leila Murray is working as a motel receptionist and a prostitute on the side. Then she meets Gary Jensen, who alternately hits and sweet-talks her, ultimately becoming her pimp. Although she recognizes that Jensen is a truly dangerous man, she seems compelled to follow his lead, having sex however and with whomever he dictates. She slowly reveals the details of her childhood, the circumstances surrounding her mother's murder, and the reasons behind her promiscuous adolescence. It soon becomes clear that Leila's headlong rush toward self-destruction is her way of connecting with and processing the horrific events surrounding her mother's death. Poet Kasischke's beautifully written page-turner is sure to be controversial. In a clinical fashion, she juxtaposes scenes from Leila's traumatic childhood, which are almost unbearably sad, with graphic descriptions of the sex acts Leila performs as a prostitute, which are both erotic and chilling. This is a deeply unsettling first novel that will haunt you for days."


For Be Mine

"English teacher Sherry Seymour has been comfortably married for a long time, and now, like many emptynesters, is having difficulty adjusting to her only son being away at college. She drifts through the tedium of her days until she receives the note in her school mailbox that reads, "Be Mine." Sherry is intrigued. She has no idea who could have sent it, but the idea she has a secret admirer appeals to her. She's emotionally vulnerable, and as the notes become increasingly familiar, and as her husband discloses his fantasy that she should have an affair, Sherry determines to approach the fellow teacher she believes is courting her. So begins Sherry's spiral into dark and sensual delights as she risks everything: her family, her marriage, and herself. What makes this erotic thriller disturbing and, therefore, successful is how convincingly Kasischke renders Sherry's life and feelings so eerily normal and familiar, ensuring the unsettling portents are all but unnoticed until it is too late."


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