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By Elizabeth Searle

Seldom has the topic of a number of sexual relationships been written approximately with such grace, intensity, and fervour as through Elizabeth Searle in A Four-Sided mattress. Alice and JJ are in love, and it really is Alice's first time. Amid their smooth revelations of intimacy, JJ's former stint in a psychological establishment involves mild, in addition to his sexual relationships with fowl, a tender lady, and with relatives, who Alice later learns is a guy. It was once a three-way love that stored his existence. while fowl and kinfolk reenter JJ’s and Alice's existence — relations now residing with AIDS — Alice needs to redefine the that means and the limits of love.

Johanna Stoberock of the Seattle occasions wrote: “Searle's prose is lyrical; even the rhythm of her sentences captures the hesitation and keeping apart loneliness of her characters. She infuses the radical with a tangible unhappiness and longing, a longing inside each one of her characters for a fuller lifestyles, a lifestyles that comes with no the need of reinvention…the booklet presents a relocating meditation on love and loyalty…”

And, Kirkus experiences known as it, “A strong unsettling first novel…what makes Searle’s paintings stand out is her relentless scrutiny of even the smallest occasions and gestures, the best way she believably locates…the specifics of character…A vivid, certain, haunting debut…”

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