Author is True Advocate of Real, Modern Female Sexuality

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With a rare understanding of modern women’s psyche and its fundamentally moral grounding, O. J. Kidd, with his new novel “Madness at Noon,” is a brilliant young fictionist who must be read and appreciated.

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O. J. Kidd is mapping the landscape of modern female sexuality in all its dimensions. At once liberated and prudish, the psychology behind female sexuality has had a dearth of true clinical and literary advocates. O. J. Kidd is one such author, and his new novel Madness at Noon blows modern advocates of sexual “hipness” the likes of Rolling Stone magazine (shallow posturing and visually-based sexual hype) out of the water.

It is unusual for a male author to be so distinguished, but Kidd is right up there with the most advanced psychologists on the female psyche: surveying it with tendresse and capably understanding it sans malice or guile–the refuge of many of the civilised world’s otherwise intelligent males. His character Lauren Brown, a newly qualified psychologist, starts out with high hopes in her first proper job. The world seems to be as it is normally portrayed, and her life can be read as a conventional romance story. On another level, however, it soon becomes apparent that readers are witnessing an illusion, and that nothing is what it seems–not even to Lauren. The nature of reality is illuminated through a more focused prism–Lauren’s very sexually active imagination–and the spectre of mental illness and confusion is “seen” to be interwoven into everything. It is, on a psychic level, a madness that readers will instinctively qualify as natural–even the shades of Electra complex or father-love that seems to be Lauren’s bête noir, the veil that confuses her womanly desires. For Lauren, it is a journey of self-discovery, true sexual awakening and experience, and the sometimes sad fate of independent women who are waylaid by their sexual maturity into thoughts of fire and brimstone related to advanced thoughts about sexual behaviour.

How Lauren fares in the end is the question that readers must pursue right down the novel’s end. Kidd is never writing gratuitously, and the novel’s total experience is much more complex than that of an adult romance novel’s. Kidd’s writing is lucid, truthful and all that a modern woman would agree with in chronicling her interior sexual dialogue:

“In that very strange and fleeting moment, Lauren wished that the man facing her would sweep her up and take her in his arms and make passionate love to her…right there, right then; right there and then in the gym. Ravish her completely and utterly. Big time…These were strange thoughts for someone normally squeamish and terrified of venereal diseases…She smiled back at him lamely…a young lady who definitely was not going to be part of any ever-expanding raunch culture.”

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About the Author
O. J. Kidd is a former senior biological scientist in the intimate garment industry. Madness at Noon is his first novel. Educated at the University of Cape Town, he now lives in Melbourne, Australia with his wife and three children. He plans writing more fiction novels with a distinctly allegorical flavour. Aside from writing, he maintains his interest in the world of beautiful women.

Madness at Noon * by O.J. Kidd
Publication Date: August 13, 2013
Trade Paperback; $29.99; 262 pages; 978-1-4836-8205-1
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