40th out of 102 books — 145 voters
User: A Novel
He is the son of a black derelict and a white New Ager, a beautifully toned specimen of urban male beauty, and a New York City street hustler. His special gift is reeling in his customers, who flip to him like spawning salmon. His greatest pleasure is feeling his eyes about to roll back, as the Dilaudid he has just injected races through his veins and begins licking his br...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published August 1st 1995 by Plume
(first published 1994)
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Bruce Benderson is onto himself. That's what makes him smarter and more attractive as an author than many others. I picked this up after reading his non-fiction book "The Romanian" which I like better than this novel so far. His voice is aggressive and gooey, the stuff of gay sex clubs and hypodermic crime in the 90's in New York. In that way, his book is like a cozy dear friend from that era when needles and junk were served up with Nirvana and vintage lace slips. His novel reminds me of other...more
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