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Alternatives to Sex by Stephen McCauley
In Alternatives to Sex, William Collins is a gay, Boston real estate agent, and it's been a year since the trauma of 9/11. William decides he needs to break his two compulsions: cleaning his appliances and promiscuous anonymous sex with men he finds online. So he decides to find alternatives to sex, such as reading more books, being more involved with his friends, and trying out new appliances. There's his tenant who refuses to pay her rent, a feminist author and real estate junkie, his plantonic relationship with a flight attendant, and the mystery of new clients Charlotte O'Malley and Samuel Thompson. They're a happily married couple, and William is interested in what makes them happy, while acknowledging his attraction to Samuel. William finds his answers in unexpected places. Stephen McCauley's novel has received positive reviews with USA Today saying, "With his self-effacing wit and disarming compassion for even the most unlikely characters, McCauley proves once again that he's a master of the modern comedy of manners."