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The Erotica Book Club for Nice Ladies
The Erotica Book Club for Nice Ladies

The Erotica Book Club for Nice Ladies


320 Pages, 6 x 9

Trade Paper, $15.95 (US $15.95) (CA $17.95)

Publication Date: May 2015

ISBN 9780991409365

Rights: US & CA

River Junction Press (May 2015)
Fiction Junction

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Winner:2016 Eudora Welty Memorial Fiction AwardFinalist:2016 The Wishing Shelf Book AwardsLily, a librarian with a bookmobile, arrives in the small California town of Nolan to help start a book club. Across the ocean in an Alsatian chateau, an ancient Book of Cures is stolen and surreptitiously travels to a California coast library, then on to Nolan. Suspicion swirls around the three lonely club members. Unaware of the theft, they secretly pursue their curiosity about classical erotica, while sipping a strange tea infused with herbs grown in a gypsy garden. Mysterious events collide. A crime wave and a murder shake up the town, as the women are entangled deeper and deeper into a baffling puzzle of danger and death.


"Spittler's writing and imagery are stunning. Her words paint vivid pictures of memorable characters and places while summoning up herbal magic and mystery. This wonderfully imaginative story is an homage to female friendships and to classic writers who penned subtle words of erotica for curious minds, even Emily Dickinson. I look forward to my next cup of tea and hope it is as lively as those in the book."  —Di Saggau, book reviewer, Island Sun and River Weekly

"An intriguing, herb-seasoned page-turner, with engaging characters and plenty of plot strands to untangle."  —Susan Wittig Albert, author, Death Come Quickly

"The women in The Erotica Book Club for Nice Ladies captivated me in this richly woven tale of mystery, erotica, and ancient herbs. The author skillfully wove together disparate elements into an intriguing story. Not only did I enjoy the book, but I was entertained by spicy quotes from famous works like Candide and The Decameron. This book has it all!  —Elena Díaz Bjorkquist, author, Water from the Moon

"Gypsies, tattoo artists, ancient teas that stimulate . . . a dizzying and delightful tale of polite provocateurs who peek into classic works by Anais Nin, Sappho, Margaret Atwood, and others. A fantastical romantic mystery of friendship, science, sex, and literature."  —Sally Deskins, editor, Les Femmes Folles Books

"I love these ladies. A novel with elements reminiscent of the realism and magic of Alice Walker."  —Margie Lukas, author, Faraway House

"A highly original, entertaining read. A multitude of beautifully defined and amusing characters swirl into a single, engaging plot-line."  —Christina Britton Conroy, author, One Man's Music

"Colorful characters, quivering description, and a who-dun-it. What more could you desire?"  —Marilyn Coffey, author, Marcella

"It's been called "a dizzying and delightful tale of mystery, friendship and literature" by Sally Deskins, editor of Les Femmes Folles. After reading this inventive, nontraditional work, I thought of Alice Hoffman and all I can say is, "I love these ladies." —Margaret Lukas, The Pen Woman

Author Biography

Connie Spittler is an internationally published, award-winning author. Her books include Cowboys & Wild Wild Things, The Desert Eternal, The Legend of Brook Hollow, Lincoln & the Gettysburg Address, and Powerball 33, and her work has appeared in the collections The Art of Living: A Practical Guide to Being Alive and What Wildness Is This. She is the co-owner of the Spittler Production Company and she wrote and produced the Wise Women Video series, archived in Harvard's Schlesinger Library, on the history of women in America. She lives in Omaha, Nebraska.