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Before Elvis There Was Nothing

3.0 of 5 stars 3.00  ·  rating details  ·  22 ratings  ·  5 reviews
“A wonderful mixture of insecurity and insanity. Every line of Laurie Foos’ new novel is suffused with intelligence, wit and daring. Exhilarating!”—Fay Weldon

A fabulist for the twenty-first century, Laurie Foos is back with a whip-smart, refreshingly contemporary take on the nature of beauty, the importance of appearance and the all-too-human cravings for friendship, spiri...more
Paperback, 190 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by Coffee House Press (first published 2005)
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Shaniqua Lizardo
This is a mighty strange little thing. I am tempted to inquire about the actual fuck, but I think there was a lesson to be learned somewhere in all of this. I guess I was too caught up in the holiday spirit to pay attention to it. Also, my knowledge of Elvis starts and ends with the references made in Lilo and Stitch, so there's that.
Two sisters named after famous dead sisters. Their Elvis-obsessed parents abandoned them 18 years ago. Lena's agoraphobic and house-bound. Cass is a afraid of ham sandwiches and wishes she were Jewish. She's also a real looker--until one day she grows a horn in the middle of her forehead.
Jonna Doughty
Such an odd story that I found it hard to give up, although I wasn't quite satisfied at any point. Tell me, what did Elvis, parental desertion, alopecia, and the growth of a rhino horn have in common?
Bob Lopez
This was a pretty ho-hum book. I like the idea of it, but the execution I found quite lacking, and the Elvis angle...well, blah.
A very quick read & a good example of magic realism. I liked it.
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