Spanking the Maid

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.

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