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A group of young, disaffected hedonists--among them an unsuccessful filmmaker, a flamboyant gay couple, a paranoid rock star, and an adventuresome stripper--move between Portland, Oregon, and New York, indulging in fractious romances, drugs, and local intrigue.
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'Bongwater is one of the coolest books of the year. Hornburg explodes the whole grunge mythos by taking it out of the realm of the flash photo spread and giving us the seamy, unimaginative days upon days of fear and hopelessness.' -- Alternative PressFrom Publishers Weekly:
Set in coffee-cluttered Portland, Ore., and New York City's East Village, this first novel palpably vies for the honor of generational mouthpiece as it observes a handful of 20-something Americans looking for meaning, or at least for epiphanies?so they can talk about meaning. David, a not particularly committed filmmaker, narrates the Portland segments. He is a romantic, aimless fellow, and his scattershot affections land him in several beds. The New York sections, written in the third person, concern Courtney, David's former girlfriend. Her adventures include a move into an abandoned building, a visit from friend Jennifer and a dangerous party in Brooklyn. Back in Portland, while chasing the same Jennifer and falling in with a stripper named Mary, David remembers Courtney from time to time. But his memories rarely wax romantic: he dwells on the fact that Courtney let his house burn down before she left. In what must be the novel's central scene, David visits his childhood friend Phil, who grows pot in the mountains. On a naked dip in an edenic glen, possible meaning surfaces when Mary the stripper posits that "a man who leaves his natural state lives with darkness forever." The novel has no dramatic conflict but, like its characters, is content to amble stylishly along without much sense of progress or satisfaction.
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