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L.I.E.

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“AT ONCE MORDANTLY FUNNY AND ACHINGLY SAD . . . A SOUL MAP FOR MODERN SUBURBIA.”
–SHERI HOLMAN
Bestselling author of The Dress Lodger

Cutting through the landscape, connecting small towns to the world at large, the Long Island Expressway (the L.I.E.) has many exits–and each one tells a story. It’s the late eighties in Long Island, New York, and eighteen-year-old Harlan Kessl
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published November 27th 2001 by Ballantine Books (first published August 15th 2000)
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Sara
Jan 23, 2015 Sara rated it it was amazing
Meet my new favorite book.

Brilliant, hilarious, crushing. Hollander is a remarkable and refreshing stylist. Sentence for sentence - among the best I've encountered. His unique voice, use of language and structure are exhilarating. Set against the backdrop of deadening, disturbing suburbia in the late 80s/90s, the story and characters are irresistible, at once familiar and utterly strange. The existential stuff is genius and timely as ever. It reads like the author had a ton of fun, (and not at a
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Alex
Aug 09, 2015 Alex rated it it was ok
NOT the same as the movie by the same name.
Jonathan
Sep 20, 2009 Jonathan rated it it was amazing
Given the number of times I've heard this book dismissed by its author, when I finally got around to it I wasn't expecting much more than a little light reading between DeLillo and Montaigne, or whoever the hell else I've decided I'd better read before I dare call myself a writer. I also assumed it would be annoying.

L.I.E. is neither "light" nor "annoying." It's pretty fucking good, honestly, so good that I have bit of a hard time understanding how this isn't a book that people talk about.

One po
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Tara
Dec 29, 2011 Tara rated it it was ok
L.I.E. is kind of hard to describe because it barely has a plot. It loosely follows a guy named Harlan and his girlfriend (sometimes) Sarah through various periods of their young adult life in the late 1980s/early 1990s. It's a very disjointed story that cuts to a different storyline practically every paragraph and a different year every chapter.

I don't think I "got" this book. It started off really boring. In the middle, it sort of got interesting for a chapter or two when the story started flo
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Jared Harper
May 02, 2013 Jared Harper rated it it was ok
David Hollander’s “L.I.E.” (Long Island Expressway) reminded me of being young and fucked up or the first time I fingered a girl, jamming with my friends in my parents basement, and all around being an ungrateful punk and thinking you have the world in the palm of your hand. Spanning the late eighties to the early nineties the book follows a small group of young teens, late in high school, who are struggling to make sense of it all. Every exit of the L.I.E. turns into a story connecting each one ...more
Mike Adams
I have to admit I read this only after seeing the movie. Both are great for the Creepy Suburbia style.
Karissa
Feb 17, 2011 Karissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel like I can't properly review this as I'm biased towards David as both a person and a mentor, but I really liked this. The stories (chapters?) were equal parts hilarious, inventive, sinister and tragic. Seemingly a story at first about coming-of-age in American suburbia, once I got to the end (which simultaneously confused and thrilled me), I felt like the whole foundation of the book had been turned on its head, and immediately wanted to reread the book in search of new clues for my new t ...more
Asia
Aug 15, 2007 Asia rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: negative-stars
this book was terrible, but maybe if you are from long island you will like it. I mean, I didn't like the movie Dazed and Confused either. It has one good paragraph, and that's the one about being straight edge. Otherwise, it's just a totally depressing book about depressed (and boring!) people going nowhere fast.
Debra Baumann
Aug 15, 2011 Debra Baumann rated it it was amazing
Absolutely one of my favorite books. A delightful mix of "fact" and supernatural. Darkly humorous, semi-tragic and completely engrossing. Any one who spent their teenage years on Long Island should check this book out.
Structure
Nov 21, 2015 Structure rated it liked it
Wish I could give it a three and a half. Dips at points, but if you've read anything by Rick Moody, you'll definitely see how much of a send up it is.

*PS nothing to do with the film of the same name.
Koz
Dec 28, 2007 Koz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: five-star
Cool book from a cool dude. Like riding a train through suburbia with someone who hates it all, but can at least be funny about it.
Rachel Karyo
Jun 11, 2012 Rachel Karyo rated it it was amazing
I didn't want this book to end. If only I had it back in the days of my own LI adolescence. It might have changed everything.
amy
Feb 17, 2010 amy rated it really liked it
Read it again. Will probably read it again-again.
Beth
Aug 17, 2007 Beth rated it did not like it
don't actually remember it, though i know i read it
Kit Frick
Sep 01, 2008 Kit Frick rated it really liked it
David. You da bomb.
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