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New Novel, The Intimacy Maelstrom, is an Electrifying, Shattering Page-Turner for Contemporary Readers

In her latest novel, The Intimacy Maelstrom, it clearly took great courage for author, model, and iconoclast Linda Leven to capture both the divine and the repulsive in postmodern amorous relationships, proclaiming to the world that happiness is truly an inside job.

New York, NY, July 26, 2012 --( Master storyteller Linda Leven artfully breathes life into the current postmodern condition of relationships – its subtleties and vagaries – in an expansive page-turner, The Intimacy Maelstrom. With her fluid prose and rare ability to turn the ordinary into something spectacular, exotic, erotic, and profound, Leven plummets the reader into a story of amorous intimacies, unperceived wounds, and the necessary agonies to be sustained in relationships—whether familial, platonic, or amorous.

Here, the drama revolves around six individuals as they unwittingly plunge into the tumult and dangers of The Intimacy Maelstrom. Dmitri is a self-absorbed young Russian intent on achieving the American dream, and thinks little of marriage and fatherhood. In contrast, unattractive Irina desperately fears becoming an old-maid. Her work colleague, Caroline, older, sophisticated, despite having a soul-mate, is bored and seeking breathtaking romance. In his twilight years, Dr. Ramirez is dispirited in his burned-out marriage, but believes he is too old to alter his life, until meeting sexy Claire, a patient. Unfortunately, Nina, his wife, is an old-fashioned woman who believes that only marriage, children, and family bring fulfillment. Into this mélange comes Ronny, her son—handsome, sexy, a sensualist—who adores women, but in his own aberrant, warped manner.

Leven, in The Intimacy Maelstrom, penetratingly paints in vivid colors, a picture of tormented lives entangled in passionate but toxic, perverted, unhealthy relationships. Although the lovers may strip themselves of their lacerating liaisons, do they walk away unscathed and unscarred? In this novel, Leven flawlessly illuminates the imperceptible damage and mayhem sustained when people’s lives and happiness depend upon fickle, unreliable love from others. The bold, flaming, shattering scenes portrayed may have one gasping for fresh air and sunshine.

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About the Author
Linda Leven received her B.A. and M.A. in mathematics from New York University and worked over twenty years for IBM as a computer software developer. Currently, Leven lives in New York and is working on a book of short stories. Visit for more details.

The Intimacy Maelstrom by Linda Leven
Publication Date: May 16, 2012
Trade Paperback; 800 pages; 978-1-4691-8040-3
Trade Hardback; 800 pages; 978-1-4691-8041-0
eBook; 978-1-4691-8042-7

To request a complimentary paperback review copy, contact the publisher at (888) 795-4274 x. 7879. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (610) 915-0294 or call (888) 795-4274 x. 7879.

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Linda Leven
646 770 3436

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