The husband and wife who are disillusioned with their marriage; the son trying to wend his way through a divorce; the cheerleader attempting to force herself to be perfect; the drive that makes all individuals seek what they want without considering the repercussions? Sex.
Sex. That's the theme of Kultgen's book. Sex between adults, illicit sex and learning about sex are presented in the glory of the dirty and uncomfortable characteristics it sometimes possesses. Men, Women and Children is a peek at what drives suburbanites: sexual release.
Kultgen's book is masterful, but not for the week-stomached. The book's themes are sometimes disturbing, but the author's presentation of them truthful. Kultgen's book is moving due to its portrayal of the desperate, groping actions that most Americans engage in to make it through their day. Whether to overcome their unhappiness, create a future for themselves and their children or because it's expected of them, the characters in Men, Women and Children display the depths normal individuals are willing to go through for sex.
Although most likely not destined to become a classic, the novel is an interesting read. Sometimes, though, it's too difficult to overlook the booming narration and not see the book as an movie. That's not to say it's not a good book, but rather one that may be better read by fans of Indie films.
Chad Kultgen, cult hero and author of the buzz-generating illicit classics The Average American Male and The Lie, cuts to the quick of the American psyche like no other author writing today. In Men, Women & Children he explores the sexual pressures at work on a handful of troubled, conflicted junior-high students and their equally dysfunctional parents. From porn-surfing fathers to World of Warcraft-obsessed sons, from competitive cheerleaders to their dissatisfied, misguided mothers, Kultgen clicks open the emotionally treacherous culture in which we live—in his most ambitious and surprising book yet.