I doubt it would come as a surprise that as a writer of erotica and erotic romance I’m more than a little partial to books which deal with sexuality. After hearing Krissy Kneen speak on a panel about ‘Sex In Words’ I was compelled to find out more about this three-time Queensland Premier’s Literary Award nominee whose blog is intriguingly titled ‘Furious Vaginas’.
Although published in 2009, Affection is a timeless memoir of sexual self-discovery. Ms Kneen chronicles her life in a series of short flashbacks of times and events in her life coloured by her growing awareness of a dependence on sexual gratification.
Everyone experiences the daunting, exhilarating, confusing wonders of burgeoning sexuality. Some struggle with it, even suppress it. Others, like Krissy, embrace it with gusto, fascination and curiosity. She poignantly and vividly describes her ongoing journey starting from accidentally discovering the multi-sensory joy of orgasms as a young girl, to finding the love of her life. There is no salaciousness or titillation – just the honesty and acceptance of coming to terms with her desires.
The vignettes flick back and forth between decades and though beautifully written and evocative, for me it breaks the flow of the narrative to be constantly trying to recall what the status quo was the last time we visited that timeframe. However, taken as a whole, Affection is like your best friend telling you about her life, you share her emotions and feel privileged to have been let into that usually private world.