Meeting the Master is an elegantly crafted collection exploring the pleasures and rituals of dominance and submission. In these resonant, darkly erotic stories, a young girl dreams of submitting to a boy who refuses to control her. An ex-convict is so accustomed to serving his cellmate that he cannot adjust to freedom. A professional dominatrix is beaten at her own game by a psychiatrist. And a student lies his way into the home of an army recruiter to become his houseboy. Elissa Wald's precise and startling voice reveals a penetrating wisdom that animates these lives. Meeting the Master is a provocative collection that is a pleasure to read.