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Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite
Copy of Me by Kally Khan is boldly honest as in brave, i.e. a female author having the courage to put a woman’s sexual fantasies into detailed, graphic print, not to titillate readers, but to capture the lonely despair a woman feels when a decade-old marriage is almost devoid of exciting sexual intimacy. Khan’s protagonist narrates her story memoir-style - she uses first-person narration throughout. Beginning in her present situation of being locked in a marriage where she and her husband still love each other but are nearly strangers, they just don’t communicate much any longer. The narrator is especially unable to express what she so desperately wants and needs from her husband...a sexually fulfilling relationship. Unable to sleep at night, she dreams constantly about enjoying sex with a fantasy partner.
As she shares her past with readers, the protagonist recounts her West Indian upbringing, her rocky relationship with her mother, her frightening rape by a college student, and her on-and-off relationships with several men before marrying her husband in a typical West Indian ceremony. Her story is fraught with all the usual misunderstandings, marital problems, and untold secrets that might have made her husband more understanding if she had just opened up to him more. But she didn’t. Instead, she just relied on her sexual fantasies for the satisfaction only real human coupling can bring.
There is no doubt in my mind that there are thousands of female readers who will relate to Khan’s protagonist on many levels, not just sexually but mentally. Khan skilfully captures women’s emotional highs and lows, their natural maternal instincts, and what less liberated females don’t talk about openly: their sexual needs. Women need to read this book. Many will see themselves in Khan’s protagonist and relate to her 100%. While the delivery is primarily narrative, the story doesn’t bog down as often happens when dialogue is limited. Don’t hesitate to pick up Copy of Me and don’t be surprised if you find yourself wondering long after you finish the book if you too are a copy of yourself instead of being yourself?