~by Stephen McCauley
From the very first sentence, Alternatives to Sex is amusing as well as entertaining. William Collins is an obsessive-compulsive, forty-something, gay, real-estate agent working near Boston. Since 9/11, he has found his various bad habits getting worse and decides it's about time he gets around to changing some of them.
William is accompanied by an entire cast of fascinating characters, from his best friend and flight attendant Edward (who is terrified of flying) to Kumiko, who has managed to avoid paying most of the rent she owes to William. Against a backdrop of real-estate and neuroses, McCauley paints a satirical picture of American life and one man's search for love and happiness.
Funny and touching, Alternatives to Sex was thoroughly enjoyable to read.