“I’m going to be thinking about this book for days.
The way this book discuss sexuality, vanity, relationships, and privilege through very flawed characters is really interesting. The last 1/4 of the book was my favorite part at you see the impact of the relationship on Eve and how she’s changed in response to it. Honestly amazes me that this was a debut novel.”
PREORDER FOR MAY 3, 2022
A provocative debut of sex and sexuality—“depicting the liquid frequencies of need and power with a thoughtful, savage eye” (Raven Leilani)—as a twentysomething New Yorker pursues a sexual freedom that follows no other lines than her own desire.
On an evening where Eve – a young queer New Yorker – is feeling especially impulsive, she posts some nude photos of herself online. This is how Eve meets Olivia, and through Olivia, the charismatic Nathan. It’s not long before Eve enters into an arrangement with the couple that disturbs as much as it delights her.
As each act of their affair unfolds, Eve is forced to confront the questions that trouble her the most: What does sex mean to us? How do we reconcile what we want with what we believe we should want? And when we pursue our desires, to whom are we responsible? For Eve, there are no easy answers, only a continual discovery that is both cruel and joyful.
In the way that only great fiction can, Acts of Service takes between its teeth the contradictions written all over our ideas of sex and sexuality. At once juicy and intellectually challenging, sacred and profane, Lillian Fishman’s riveting debut is bold, unabashed, and required reading of the most pleasurable sort.