Bainbridge author wins 2011 ‘Bad Sex’ writing award

David Guterson won the prestigious PEN/Faulkner fiction award in 1995 for his debut novel “Snow Falling on Cedars.”

For his latest novel, Guterson won the not-quite-as-lofty Literary Review Bad Sex in Fiction Award.

Earning an award for bad sex writing didn’t surprise Guterson. The book is, after all, a retelling of Oedipus Rex, in which the the protagonist is fated to marry his mother.

“Oedipus practically invented bad sex, so I’m not in the least bit surprised,” Guterson said in a statement.

The award was announced this week at a gala event in London.

The scene from “Ed King” that made judges squirm the most describes the book’s title character making love to his mom.

“It describes a night of abandon that concludes with a soapy shower interlude and finishes this way: ‘Then they rinsed, dried, dressed, and went to an expensive restaurant for lunch,’ the Associated Press reported.

Literary heavyweights Tom Wolfe, Norman Mailer and John Updike have also earned the “Bad Sex” writing award.

Here’s the story from my interview with Guterson about “Ed King.” Don’t worry, I kept the conversation zeroed in on respectable topics (like coke dealing and prostitution).