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Utah-based novel SL,UT – just an expose on dirty Mormon sex, or post-modern feminist manifesto set in Salt Lake City, Utah? SL,UT, a first novel by Utah author, Alison Lee provides a racy look inside the lives and bedrooms of the women of Salt Lake City, Utah. And, Lee, an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards Quarterfinalist isn’t apologizing for her unflinching look at sex, love, politics, and faith.
Salt Lake City, June 4, 2013: Sophisticated, funny, and deliciously erotic, this captivating novel follows three young women navigating the modern culture clash playing out in historically conservative, but increasingly progressive, Salt Lake City, Utah; and readers are taking note. When SL,UT was announced as a Quarterfinalist in this year’s Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards Competition, beating out thousands of other contenders, people challenged its place among the traditional bodice rippers and happily-ever-after romance novels still in consideration for the national breakthrough novel award. Amidst all of the controversy, Lee stated, “The vitriol toward this novel is exactly why I wrote it. Who are we to judge someone else’s most private and intimate behaviors? Why as a culture are we obsessed with violence and weapons, but afraid of our own sexuality? Healthy, well-adjusted humans have sex, and if they’re lucky, frequently! And, there’s nothing about Utah, or the LDS faith that changes that dynamic.”
Some have tried to dismiss the work as “erotic fiction” but, anyone who reads the 300 page novel will find that, although fast and funny. SL,UT isn’t simply another racy airport read. The novel explores questions of faith, abuse, neglect, dealing with tragedy, and unplanned pregnancy. It weaves through exotic locations while addressing the catastrophes and gaffes that are currently in the news – including questions of slut shaming, which became a contentious issue in the 2012 Presidential campaign, and contributed to declining Republican votes from women.
Amazon Vine Reviewers who selected the novel as a Quarterfinalist called the piece, “intriguing, funny, well-written, and fast-paced,” and Publisher’s Weekly called the original manuscript an “edgy … interesting story about three women’s lives.”
The novel is available online through Amazon and eBook retailers. An excerpt of the first four chapters is available at alisonleeauthor.com.
Kyra Whitney was a world apart from her childhood friend and neighbor Sarah Bryant, growing up with the shame that came from living with a hard-drinking mother in suburban Salt Lake City, Utah. But Kyra figured a way out of that trap, and finds herself living an opulent life in Paris – as the pampered mistress of a married man. Then, Sarah calls with tragic news that brings Kyra back to her childhood home, and a long-hidden past of abuse and betrayal. Annabelle Franklin – known as “Anna! Bell” to her thousands of drive-time listeners – completes the trio. Though she has a Ph.D. in Gender Studies and isn’t afraid to use it, she’s taken up burlesque dancing to work her way through grad school and is wholly plugged into Salt Lake City’s surprising counterculture.
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