Written early in Coover's illustrious career, Spanking the Maid is an impeccable and spellbinding novel about a master, his maid, and the irresistible ritual that binds them. A bedroom and a bathroom are the only places where the two characters meet, and every day it is the same. The maid comes to the bedroom to clean. She inevitably forgets something-the soap, fresh sheets, a bucket-or does something wrong. The master has had a nightmare he can't quite recall that had something to do with when he was in school: lectures, or was it lechers? No matter, the maid must be reprimanded for her neglect, and out comes the handy paraphernalia-a hairbrush, a cat-o'-nine-tails, a rod, a cane-and the spanking begins.
by Robert Coover
by Toby Olson, Robert Coover
by Robert Louis Stevenson
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