Nancy Huston Wins 'Bad Sex in Fiction' Prize

Infrared has some horrible lines about hanky panky

By Liam Carnahan,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 5, 2012 9:43 AM CST

(Newser) – Want a good sex scene in your next read? Skip Nancy Huston's Infrared, which just nabbed the Literary Review's tongue-in-cheek award for Bad Sex in Fiction, reports the LA Times. Unlike last year's winner, Infrared—about a photographer who takes pictures of her lovers' bodies at intimate junctures—avoided awful Oedipal storylines, but nailed the squirm-inducing writing. An example, via Bloomberg: "Kamal and I are totally immersed in flesh, that archaic kingdom that brings forth tears and terrors, nightmares, babies, and bedazzlements."

There's also this gem: “undulating space where the undulating skies make your non-body undulate.” Huston, the third woman to receive the award in its two-decade history, wasn't on hand to accept it, but she's not as turned off as you might expect. In a statement, she said she hopes the prize "will incite thousands of British women to take close-up photos of their lovers’ bodies in all states of array and disarray." Here's some less-icky recommended reading.

Nancy Huston has been 'awarded' the Bad Sex in Fiction prize for 2012.
Nancy Huston has been 'awarded' the Bad Sex in Fiction prize for 2012.   (?)
This year's Bad Sex in Fiction award goes to Nancy Huston.
This year's Bad Sex in Fiction award goes to Nancy Huston.   (shutterstock)
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