O. J. Kidd Releases MADNESS AT NOON
O. J. Kidd is mapping the landscape of modern female sexuality in all its dimensions. At once liberated and prudish, the psychology behind female sexuality has had a dearth of true clinical and literary advocates. O. J. Kidd is one such author, and his new novel Madness at Noon blows modern advocates of sexual "hipness" the likes of Rolling Stone magazine (shallow posturing and visually-based sexual hype) out of the water.
It is unusual for a male author to be so distinguished, but Kidd is right up there with the most advanced psychologists on the female psyche: surveying it with tendresse and capably understanding it sans malice or guile-the refuge of many of the civilised world's otherwise intelligent males. His character Lauren Brown, a newly qualified psychologist, starts out with high hopes in her first proper job. The world seems to be as it is normally portrayed, and her life can be read as a conventional romance story. On another level, however, it soon becomes apparent that readers are witnessing an illusion, and that nothing is what it seems-not even to Lauren. The nature of reality is illuminated through a more focused prism-Lauren's very sexually active imagination-and the spectre of mental illness and confusion is "seen" to be interwoven into everything. It is, on a psychic level, a madness that readers will instinctively qualify as natural-even the shades of Electra complex or father-love that seems to be Lauren's bête noir, the veil that confuses her womanly desires. For Lauren, it is a journey of self-discovery, true sexual awakening and experience, and the sometimes sad fate of independent women who are waylaid by their sexual maturity into thoughts of fire and brimstone related to advanced thoughts about sexual behaviour.