Willing: A Novel by Scott Spencer

By Scott Spencer

Thirty-seven-year-old freelance author Avery Jankowsky is devastated whilst his female friend, Deirdre, confesses that she has been having an affair. Beside himself with jealousy and grief, Avery accepts his uncle Ezra's advice—and his tickets to an all-expenses-paid foreign intercourse journey. Sensing a white-hot e-book concept (and an opportunity to come again at faithless Deirdre), Avery joins a gaggle of regularly prosperous and finished tourists on a mad Nordic whirl, descending ever deeper right into a global that's equivalent components hilarity and nightmare. From two-time nationwide booklet Award finalist Scott Spencer comes a startling journey de strength that explores the boundaries of male restraint, the intoxications of privilege, and the maddening hazards of freedom.

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The picture might be anthropological, medical, or forensic, it might fill me with horror, or compassion, or anger, but no matter what, there is always a limbic hiccup, one little rivulet of reaction that goes like this: she’s naked. And now here they were, the images, millions of them. And not only were they naked, but they all claimed to want to know me. It was madness and a kind of crime against humanity, this nonstop proliferation of images of women living in Click World, pretending they wanted to have something to do with you, except there was no You, save to the extent that you existed as a credit card number.

I looked at the bed, tried to think well of it. Nice, nice, I said to myself. Very nice. Somehow I fell asleep, and when I awoke it was still dark—but it was always dark in that apartment. I looked at my watch. Three thirty in the morning. Deirdre was home, in the bedroom, with the door closed. I heard music playing, Bach unaccompanied cello sonatas. She had lately been lulling herself to sleep with music—following the line of the melody got her off the hamster wheel of her own thinking. I lay there, listening through the door to the sadness and tenderness of the music, this spire of sound that reached all the way to heaven.

Lincoln pays each of his contact people some huge wad of cash so they can hire really great-looking women, and what the contact people pay is up to them. They supposedly know what’s what. Lincoln’s not worried the contact people will cheap out on him because with the kind of clientele he deals with, believe me if there’s anything wrong he’s going to hear complaints, and if he hears complaints the contact people are out of a job. He gives them enough so the women make maybe four, five thousand dollars a night, with enough left over for the contact people to make a nice profit—that’s his whole philosophy right there: everyone has a nice little payday.

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