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A Casual Affair

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A witty yet searing novel that exposes the manners and morals of love and sex in and out of marriage with unusual honesty. It is a timeless commentary on the dreams that draw two people together and the fears that tear them apart.

Two contrary lovers pursue their stormy destiny through a sequence of confrontations
that intensify into violence. She is an artist, possessed of personal glamor - golden-haired, passionate, impulsive, idealistic. He is a charismatic diplomat - privileged, charmingly jaded. Their illicit love is made more dangerous by the headstrong clash of her commitment to love and personal integrity, against his reliance on a life of surface polish, private deceit and disposable human relationships.

The aura of myth and mystery surrounding the lovers is heightened by the inclusion of several original adult fairy tales, written by the artist. Rich in implication, humorous, beautifully textured and deeply symbolic, they lay bare the unconscious forces that compel the two lovers' contrasting marriages, and set up reverberations that haunt the narrative.

This is a must-read for anyone who has ever been caught up in an obsessional relationship where the pain and the pleasure run dramatically high, and where the desire to leave the relationship is offset by an even stronger desire to plunge deeper. There's even a hint here of the star-crossed partnership between the high-minded Jane Eyre and the glowering Rochester, brought into modern times with all its alluring fascination intact!


"A passionately probing, powerfully erotic novel of a woman's pursuit of a dream. . . Superb" -Ottawa Citizen.

"A multifaceted gem of a novel. . .trapping, transforming, reflecting passions, written with style [that] strides fearlessly into intimate details of sexual encounters. . . remarkable depth" - Toronto Star

"Masterful!" - Vancouver Sun.

"Fine writing, wit, and the author's unique gift for observation, particularly of the male animal. One of the country's truly modern writers. . . polished, ingeniously constructed and never dull" -Globe and Mail.

"Succeeds in evoking both the beautiful people's world of her lover, and the sordid realities of their affair" - Montreal Star


Used availability for Sylvia Fraser's A Casual Affair

Hardback Editions

January 1978 : Canada Hardback

Title: A Casual Affair
Author(s): Sylvia Fraser
ISBN: 0-7710-3180-7 / 978-0-7710-3180-9 (Canada edition)
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
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Paperback Editions

January 1979 : Canada Mass Market Paperback

Title: A Casual Affair : A Modern Fairytale
Author(s): Sylvia Fraser
ISBN: 0-7723-0019-4 / 978-0-7723-0019-5 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Signet
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Kindle Editions

March 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Author(s): Sylvia Fraser
Publisher: Pandora Publications
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