A grieving young woman learns something new about love from a dominatrix in this haunting and erotic debut.
Echo is a failing actress who prefers to lose herself in the lives of others rather than examine her own. When her father disappears in a seaside misstep, she and her mother are left grief-stricken, unsure of how to piece back together their family that, it turns out, had never been whole. But then Orly -- a dominatrix -- moves in across the street. And through her, Echo begins to find the pieces that will allow her to carry on. Set among the bright colours and harshly glittering lights of Los Angeles, this is a love story about people addled with dreams and expectations who turn to the erotic for answers.
“Permission is certainly erotic, but it never goes for the cheap thrills. Vogel’s writing is thoughtful and lushly descriptive about everything…[F]or readers who love a good character study, especially one erotically tinged, this fits the bill.” -- Booklist
“New and Noteworthy” feature, New York Times Book Review
“In her elegant and compelling debut novel, the American writer Saskia Vogel sets about taking down the patriarchy, the Hollywood dream machine and the prejudices against people who are into BDSM.” -- Irish Times, "Compelling take on sex and power in L.A."
“As Saskia Vogel’s fascinating and beautiful debut novel Permission illustrates, [BDSM is] not simply about marrying pleasure and pain, but self-actualization.” -- The Rumpus
"Part prose poem, part Penthouse Letter, Vogel's debut novel...is both titillating and tender." -- Oprah Magazine