Zach's affairs include one with a volatile woman named Molly who deliberately leaves him hooked up too long to a skin-treatment electro-therapy machine that gives his body quivering spasms from head to toe. Plot[ edit ] Zachary "Zach" Hutton is a successful author who has a weakness for alcohol and beautiful women. The Black Female Body in American Culture will appeal to both the academic reader attempting to integrate race into discussion about the female body and to the general reader curious about the history of black female representation. Kimberly Wallace-Sanders has enlisted a wide variety of scholarly perspectives and critical approaches about the place of black women's bodies within the American cultural consciousness. After disrupting his ex-wife's wedding day, it finally dawns on Zach just how out of control his lifestyle has become. He also has a one-night stand with a remarkably muscular female bodybuilder named Lonnie, telling her before sex that he feels "like Mrs. He avoids work, continues to strain relations with his ex-wife and drunkenly attends a formal party dressed in a genie's costume. The collection blends original and classic essays to reveal the interconnections among art, literature, public policy, the history of medicine, and theories about sexuality with regard to bodies that are both black and female. The Black Female Body in American Culture chart the ways that the simultaneous interrogation of gender, race, and corporeality shape the construction of black female representation. It makes clear that the most salient discourses in poststructuralist and feminist theory are made richer and more complex when the black female body is considered. Achieving the trifecta of recovery that Alex predicted he couldn't achieve, he wins back her love. Following the breakup of those relationships, Zach engages in a long period of binge-drinking and solace-seeking with a string of women. An impressive gathering of essays and visual art by feminist scholars and artists, the book presents a persuasive argument for broadening the ongoing scholarly conversations about the body. Zach's mistress walks in on him in the process of cheating on her with her attractive hairdresser , followed by his estranged wife Alex discovering his mistress about to shoot him with his revolver. He sobers up, abstains from womanizing, and begins to write again. Skin Deep, Spirit Strong: When her boyfriend returns to the hotel room similarly equipped, the two men engage in a frantic fight, their glow-in-the-dark attire bouncing crazily across the darkened room.