Sex and the Cyborg Goddess is a novel about Ana Fried, who arrives at Yale brimming with self-confidence just as it’s going co-ed. It’s 1969, the same year Hillary Clinton entered Yale Law. Straight outta Scarsdale, Ana has the beauty and brains to make it big. But Ana’s an idiot when in comes to men. Believing in sexual freedom, she keeps a modern-day pillow book about her Yale lovers until her professor torches her writing in front of the class.
In an era of Black Panther rallies and anti-Vietnam protests, Ana joins forces with an African-American classmate named Diane to address the racism and sexism of society and Yale. But when sexual assault upstages Ana’s graduation, she hits the road in a beat-up Chevy hoping to find Diane, who has since dropped out.
Down South, while documenting the blues, Ana meets a musician who’s the polar opposite of what would please her social-climbing mother. She makes beautiful music with Andy until he’s arrested for drugs. She flees to California, then Germany, New York, and India, struggling to break the glass ceiling as a filmmaker while fighting her addiction to loving the wrong men. Unable to keep a day job or a man, she escapes to India, hoping for spiritual transcendence. In her backpack is a camera to film the goddesses of India. She’s finally determined to break through as a filmmaker on her own.
"Beautifully written and rich in personal and cultural textures, Sex is an important addition to feminist history and literature." - Betty Ann Brown, art historian, critic, and curator
"Insightful, funny and fabulous...." - Laurie Towers, photographer and comedian
"...The description of the late 1960s and 1970s is so vivid and detailed - the music, the colors, the ways people communicated - a real portrait of the time.... The reading by Linda Fitak is exceptionally well-done and charming: it seduces and invites the listener to continue. The novel is certainly a very complex tapestry, but the protagonist and her co-protagonists are so deftly delineated that each one finds a place in the listener's memory." - Beatrice degli Abruzzi, Florence, Italy