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Peyton Amberg

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'What was the use of living in a porn film now, at her age?' pondered Peyton Amberg, alone in a Hong Kong hotel room. At twenty, when she could have pulled a film star, she'd had no sex drive at all. Then she - and her mother - had wanted love and commitment so she married the 'Jewish dentist' who thought she was a goddess but left her cold.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 20th 2004 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (first published October 22nd 2003)
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Richard Waddington
I read this book years ago, so my memories of it are no longer crystal-clear. I can, however, remember the impression upon me that was left by it.

The writing is very good - intelligent but accessible, and the characters well-drawn and believable. It's not an easy read, though. Peyton is an unsympathetic character and it is hard to tell whether she is acutely self-aware or completely deluded. She has a very self-destructive side to her character that she is unable to control and that she seems to
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Hannah
Jan 05, 2009 Hannah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
a book about a slut. well, you could buy this, or you could read the blog i created when i was 23. you choose.
Blair
May 19, 2016 Blair marked it as unfinished
Shelves: 2000-09-release
Unfinished; review to be continued.

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There are certain books I have on a reading list that only exists in my head; I've never attempted to catalogue them on Goodreads; I've never even tried to make a note of them all in the same place. They're books I remember wanting to read when I was much younger, that I made notes of in various notebooks, often noting them down because I thought they sounded grown-up and edgy, the sort of books a cooler person - 'an adult' - would read. I think the reason
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Lindsay
Jul 27, 2011 Lindsay rated it it was ok
I get the feeling Tama Janowitz is wasted on this story and this character. She is obviously a skilled author as it was her writing style alone that pushed me to read to the end. Peyton Amberg is not a likable character and I ended up not caring about her downfall.
Ruric
Jun 14, 2012 Ruric rated it liked it
This book was unusual. Although I hated how selfish and self-absorbed the character was I finished the book and found that Id enjoyed it. I didnt find it predictable, which I liked. This book isnt for happy ending lovers but I would reccommend it. ...more
sendann
Mar 31, 2014 sendann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another one I read many years ago. It's stuck with me, like something yucky. My memories of this book are unsettling and queasy, but vivid all the same.
Paridae
Sep 23, 2013 Paridae rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Julia
Apr 13, 2016 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like stories about messy women and Peyton Ambergris is definitely one of the messiest. She has a lot of similarities to the protagonist of A Certain Age, in the sense of her attempted social climbing and poor relationship decision making.

I like that as the reader, you get to see enough of Peyton's background to see what makes her the way she is, growing up exposed to mental illness and drug abuse, and then in am environment where any number of horrifying behaviors were done by everybody and co
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Noelle
May 21, 2010 Noelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, owned
I hated this book. I couldn't even finish it. The women leaves her husband and children and goes off aimlessly. There really didn't seem to be any point to this story. The author gave no real reason for the wife/mother to leave ecept that she was 'restless'. I gave up on the book at the point where the wife/mother, in her aimless travels and sleeping with any man that came along, was filthy and had headlice.Gross, I just can't think of another word for this book.
Antonette
Mar 24, 2013 Antonette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
Move over 50 Shades and meet Peyton Amberg! I enjoyed this book a lot, it was very well written and hunoristic at times. Eventhough I won't approve how the main character is living her life, I somehow understand it, especially when you know that you are stuck to a guy like Barry for the rest of your life...
Bree
Jan 19, 2009 Bree rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2000-2005, fiction
Hmmm...what to say about this book. Well...it was sexy. It bounced around a lot so you had to keep a timeline in your head of what she was doing and when. I really liked Peyton, and at times identified with her. All around, I liked the book - didn't LOVE it, but liked it.
DW
Dec 26, 2010 DW rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2008
It wasn't quite what I expected, or what the description made it appear. I finished it but I didn't particularly enjoy the story. But you would read it if you were locked in a room with nothing else to read.
Marissa Morrison
I was taken aback by how gritty this book is, compared to Janowitz's other novels, but after reading it I'm struck by how brilliantly she defined the narrator by telling the story in this way.
Hélio Teixeira
Apr 22, 2011 Hélio Teixeira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of Janowitz's best and deeper works. Funny, sometimes raw, and very critical: we never know if the style is purely feminist or purely feminist mockery.
Sian Cancea
Considering I love Tama, I really couldn't get to grips with this novel. It is my least favourite of hers. Boo
Julia
Jan 18, 2012 Julia rated it liked it
As much as I tried I couldn't warm to the character and as such didn't enjoy it as much as I wanted to
Amy
Jun 15, 2007 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
even though the narrator is not the kindest person, i was completely drawn in. great read.
Karenlkirkham
Apr 21, 2013 Karenlkirkham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant if depressing satire on the impact which ageing has on women
Alvin
Aug 18, 2007 Alvin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A rather serious and reasonalby well done exploration of social anomie.
Allison
Interesting read. Oh, if only I could write a novel like this...
Liz
Jun 24, 2011 Liz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Honest and insightful and extremely well written- a rare find!
Michele
Mar 30, 2010 Michele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peyton Amberg: A Novel by Tama Janowitz (2004)
Mary
Mar 14, 2008 Mary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
US Editor: Diane Higgins (St. Martin's Press)
Ellen
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Tama Janowitz is an American novelist and a short story writer. The 2005 September/October issue of Pages magazine listed her as one of the four "brat pack" authors, along with Bret Easton Ellis, Mark Lindquist and Jay McInerney.

Born in San Francisco, California to a psychiatrist father and literature professor mother who divorced when she was ten, Janowitz moved to the East Coast of the United St
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