South African Richard Mason is the rare novelist who can write a very sexy book that never quite turns prurient. His History of a Pleasure Seeker (Knopf) is the sophisticated tale of a handsome Dutchman who signs on as a tutor for the son of a wealthy family in 1907 but ends up doing his best ministering to his charge's sex-starved mother. Lives change when his dalliance is discovered, but not in the ways you might think, thanks to Mason's complex, ultimately decent characters. This book about pleasure is a provocative joy.
— Sara Nelson
Printed from Oprah.com on Thursday, March 13, 2014