David Guterson Overwrites His Way to Win Bad Sex in Fiction Award

David Guterson Overwrites His Way to Win Bad Sex in Fiction Award – The Daily Beast

David Guterson beat out “stiff competition” (his award-accepting spokesperson’s pun, not mine) Tuesday night to win the Literary Review’s annual Bad Sex in Fiction Award for his novel Ed King, a modern Seattle-set reworking of the Oedipus myth. The prize, now in its 19th year, was founded by the Literary Review’s then-editor Auberon Waugh (the novelist Evelyn’s son) to “discourage” the “crude, tasteless, often perfunctory use of redundant passages of sexual description in the modern novel,” sex scenes that were included, he argued, purely to boost sales figures.