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Live Girls

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  109 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Following her critically acclaimed collection of short stories, City of Boys, Beth Nugent brings her dark and eerie vision to a powerful first novel.

Live Girls is the story of Catherine, in her twenties, who sells tickets in a run-down porn theater in a decrepit port city, A sign in the window of the seedy hotel where she lives reads Transients Welcome. Her only friend is
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Paperback, 208 pages
Published December 8th 1997 by Vintage (first published 1996)
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Rebecca
May 09, 2008 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lonely and familiar. For orphans and liars.

I'll wrap my copy in brown paper and send it to you if you want.
Tom
Mar 20, 2008 Tom rated it really liked it
After reading this I always checked used bookstores for other Beth Nugent...I never hear anything about her, but this is a little gem, kind of bleak - ok, quite bleak - but so well done. It's been several years but it still sticks in my head.
Mary
Aug 21, 2009 Mary rated it it was amazing
I love this book. Yes, it's depressing. Yes, it's sad. If you don't like sad and depressing, it should probably be avoided.

I found City of Boys (her story collection) more satisfying, but Live Girls is still one of my all-time favorites.
Woody
Jan 14, 2016 Woody rated it really liked it
This reminded me of Forever Valley by Marie Redonnet, maybe too bleak for Americans in the 90s to handle, but today it seems just about right. I think this novel's really about daring to live (or begin to attempt to live) in a reality that has given you many, many reasons not to.
Allison
Aug 27, 2007 Allison rated it really liked it
this book was beautifully well written but so upsetting it took me a very long to get through it. it was one of the first books in a long time whose surreal sadness literally made me feel a little sick/dizzy. read it, but brace yourself.
Bryan Glosemeyer
Feb 25, 2009 Bryan Glosemeyer rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite novels ever. Dark, confused, sexual, without being exploitive or melodramatic.

If I was a writer, this is how I would want to be able to write...
Rebecca
Oct 15, 2007 Rebecca rated it really liked it
In the beginning I had some questions about Nugent's use of the transsexual as landscape. But it got better as I read on.

The author's style changes from beginning to end.

These comments are so unrelated to the novel.
Dearwassily
Jun 08, 2013 Dearwassily rated it liked it
I would give this 3.5 if I could. Until Catherine and Jerome leave for Hollywood, the story crawls along, so about 2/3 of the book. Not only does it crawl, but in the most downtrodden grime, which left me riven: is this an important work of abjection or is the author trying to shock us with apathy?
Emma
May 22, 2009 Emma rated it did not like it
as sparse as her short stories but so depressing i had to stop reading it
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I felt the mood
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