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Snitch Factory: A Novel

3.26  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Amid a background of bank robberies and fatal gunshot wounds, the real drama here is bureaucratic and human. In her response to the adversity all around her, Peter Plate’s Charlene Hassler, a social worker at the huge, anthill-like Department of Social Services complex on San Francisco’s Otis Street, is a literary tour de force. Straight out of Dante’s Inferno, Plate’s DSS ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published November 6th 2001 by Seven Stories Press (first published October 31st 1996)
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Ocean
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
Couldn't finish this. I was stoked on the premise of this novel (gritty san franciscan social worker working in the mysterious labrynthine bureucracy of the notorious human services building on otis street), but a lot of it seemed like an exercise in showing off how big the author's vocabulary is, where people just spout of near-incomprehensible strings of pretentious adjectives.
and, oh my god, this is classic "dude tries to write in a female voice by sexualizing her." guess what? women do not
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Paul
Jun 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hung out with Peter Plate in SF at some show in a wharehouse on the docs. The crowd was tiny and he was mercilessly heckling the arty-three piece (think big moustaches) remembering a time when such schlock would just be driven off stage. The book is a pretty raw account of a social-worker trying to help people out of poverty while negotiating her own. I need to read more peter plate.
Robb
Mar 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2008
The thing i'm liking about Plate is, he doesn't seem to try serving up morals, and your cookie-cutter structured stories. It reads like life, like it's just some day for someone, and I Love that, it's so refreshing.

To me, Snitch Factory is as close to the great American novel as I have found. Wonderful.
Ryan Mishap
Sep 07, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: novel
Saw the author read in Eugene around fifteen years ago? and bought his novel. Hey, anarchist fiction writers don't show up very much. Too bad the book wasn't that great and the guy was pretentious. Maybe he was having a bad day.
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Named a Literary Laureate of San Francisco in 2004, PETER PLATE taught himself to write fiction during eight years spent squatting in abandoned buildings. He is the author of many novels, beginning with Black Wheel of Anger (1990) and continuing through his seven neo-noir "psychic histories" of San Francisco, where he still lives and writes today.