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Lush Life by Richard Price
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A young artist living and working as a waiter in the lower East side of New York City is shot dead in a botched mugging after a night of drinking with two others from the restaurant where he works. Police mistakenly first suspect one of the drinking buddies; the murder--and the police's errant attention on the colleague--set in motion a series of turmoils around the victim's relatives and colleagues in one of the fastest-changing neighborhoods in Manhattan. The Lower East Side has always been a locus to new immigrants. At the turn of the century, Italians, Jews, and Chinese built and lived in the area's first tenements; in the 1960s public housing for African Americans, Dominicans, and Puerto Ricans was built along the East River. In the late 1990s artists and digital entrepreneurs began moving in, along with Chinese from Fijian province, creating yet more distinct subcultures that seldom interacted one another, unless forced to. Price exquisitely paints a riveting police procedural, against the backdrop of a neighborhood under going seismic change.
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