Carl Hancock Rux Asphalt: A Novel

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Asphalt: A Novel

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Returning to his run-down New York brownstone after a career disappointment in Paris, musician Racine finds companionship and shares a sense of loss with a flamboyant ladies' man and a second-generation dancer. A first novel. 30,000 first printing.

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ASPHALT is a kaleidoscopic portrait of a city and its inhabitants in transition, a timely meditation and a virtuosic performance by a unique prose stylist. Written in an electrifying, poetic style that captures the soul of a city and its inhabitants, ASPHALT is a groundbreaking debut by a gifted artist. Rux’s narrative––drawing some of its inspiration from Jean Racine's reimagining of Euripedes' Hippolytus––moves with the logic of a dream, floating freely between poetic visions and gritty reality, as the identities of the characters blur and even merge. With ASPHALT, author Carl Hancock Rux makes a bold debut and leaves an indelible imprint on the literary landscape.

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"Balding trees cover blue stone in sorrel, ochre, plum, cobalt. Brownstone buildings bathed in rain bleed into the gutters. Mornings--hazed in a wet gray fog--deliver a sun that coughs itself into awakening with dazed and blurried eyes barely opening by afternoon...as if in its recovery, the sun has overextended itself doling out spoonfulls of diminished beams, and now has only strength enough to redress it wounds, wave its hand once or twice across a land dense with abandon, retire early before next shift. If not for the absence of spirit, this city would almost seem like those ancient capitals of amphitheaters hewn from limestone quarries, carefully excavated temples and burial grounds long protected beneath consecrated earth...

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