Jonathan P. Thompson

Writing about the land, culture, and communities of the Western United States and beyond.

Metamorphosis of Longing: Tales of libido, albedo, sex, and suspense

MetamorphosisCover9Oh and what a heat it was. Warm. Wet. Fragrant. Sultry. The rich profusion of flowers confounded her. Melissa was struck by the urge to undress and let the miniature jungle ravage her, let the giant, prurient flowers straddle her, penetrate her with their pollen-dusted pistils. She closed her eyes, opened her mouth, tilted her head back, and …

This is the environment that Melissa Nyquist finds herself in after responding to a mysterious and poetic want-ad for a job tending to a Santa Fe greenhouse. She soon finds herself drawn to her employer and into the lascivious and sultry world of rare fruits and flowers. Meanwhile, she becomes unwittingly pulled into a web of international intrigue, global domination, and weather modification.

Malcolm Brautigan’s prose is rousing, and arousing, as he takes readers on a sex-saturated romp, peopled by powerful, libidinous women, from Santa Fe to Sofia, and from Athens to Silverton, Colorado, to a sudsy orgasm-fest in a Tucson car wash. He explores art, relationships, lust, albedo, and libido, with humor and insight.

The Metamorphosis of Longing is now available as a paperback, for Kindle, and as an ebook. It will soon be available to bookstores via Ingram. Tell your favorite independent bookstore to order it!

  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Burning Sunflower Publishing (July 12, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0578542765
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578542768
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Literature & Fiction>Erotica

One reviewer’s take:

Now, I’m not saying that Richard Brautigan and Marguerite Duras had a love child, and that it was somehow injected with Anaïs Nin’s literary DNA, but if that did happen, the offspring would write a bit like Malcolm Brautigan. Like Duras, Brautigan’s minimalist yet sensuous tone can be slightly disturbing. Like Richard Brautigan, Malcolm Brautigan has a whimsical approach to weighty subjects. And Like Nin, Brautigan has the knack for spinning a hot sex scene. 

Metamorphosis of Longing is a curious one. It consists of a novella (The Metamorphosis of Longing) and two unrelated short stories (Bar Game and Pears and Polaroids). The novella certainly fits into the erotica genre, but also toys with cli-fi, sci-fi, and suspense. Brautigan’s voice defies categorization and keeps the reader on her toes, veering from a sultry scene in a Santa Fe greenhouse (tomato erotica), to a dark one on a Mexican beach (where Gringos go to die), to a ridiculously sexy one on an Athens rooftop, to a fall-off-your-seat-hilarious New Year’s Eve scene in the tiny snowbound town of Silverton, Colorado (which includes an atomic cock, potato guns, a flaming Christmas tree, and “Leather Fred.”) The ending of this suspenseful novel begs for a follow-up. 

Bar Game, one of the stand-alone short stories, fits more squarely into the erotica category, while Pears and Polaroids delves into relationships and art and the metamorphosis of desire throughout a long-term relationship.

This one is destined to become a cult classic. 


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