Brian Antoni South Beach: The Novel

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South Beach: The Novel

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Gabriel Tucker is a globe-trotting, trust fund–endowed twenty-nine-year-old who suddenly finds himself penniless and alone in the world, except for an old Miami Beach apartment building named the Venus De Milo Arms, the last thing of value left to him by his now-vanished family. Lacking skills or resources, he heads to Miami Beach to reconstruct his life, finding himself neighbors with an unlikely mix of tenants: an elderly Holocaust survivor, a lip-synching drag queen, a cynical two-bit gossip columnist, and a rebellious young performance artist who will eventually capture his heart. Within days, Gabriel is thrust into the outrageous world of South Beach, Miami of the nineties: temptations, quick fortunes, mountains of drugs, notorious murders, nonstop sex, and beautiful women (and men) for sale (or rent) are the order of the day. He is a ringside witness to the excesses and intrigues of Italian fashion empires, Cuban refugee supermodels, rapacious German developers, old-fashioned crooked politicians, and a cast of characters that would make Caligula blush. It is in South Beach that Gabriel will eventually discover the long-buried mysteries of his family and find a soul he never imagined he had and a love he never dreamed he deserved.

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"South Beach: The Novel is one part fairy tale, one part travelogue, and one part X tube porn video mixed with several tabs of Xtasy. Decadence has never seemed so sweet and innocent as it does in Brian Antoni's lost world of deco and disco in pre-millenial Miami."--Jay McInerney

"Glamour and sex. Champagne and ecstasy. Finally, a South Beach diet I can stick to."--Mark Haskell Smith, author of Salty and Delicious

"Forget everything you've heard about South Beach, for Brian Antoni, maestro of the strange--and long-time SoBe impresario in his actual life--has come along to set the record straight. Readers who step inside the doors of the fabulous Venus De Milo Arms might be able to check out, as the song goes, but they can never leave."--Les Standiford, author of Last Train to Paradise

"From the old Jewish retirees and Cuban refugees to Miami's greedy developers and international super celebs. Wild and scary sex scenes but also tender love and redemption. Brian Antoni is the unofficial mayor of South Beach. This tour of America's most decadent, nauseatingly hip time and place is hilarious, moving, extremely readable and picture perfect. You might just recognize some boldface names and their bold doings, I did."--Patrick McMullan, author of S08O's and Glamour Girls

"Brian Antoni has written a fizzy and fantasy-filled new novel, South Beach. It's just as wild and edgy and sexy as South Beach itself."--David Leddick, author of In the Spirit of Miami Beach

"Brian Antoni brilliantly captures that fleeting moment when South Beach was young and wild, where New Yorkers, the international fashion crowd and Miami's choice specimens of beauty created the cultural combustion that defined America's newest decadent/sensual destination. Antoni lived among these pioneers, social mavericks, artists, image elitists and real-estate predators who inspire this memorable novel."--Glenn Albin, Editor in Chief of Ocean Drive Magazine

"In his book, South Beach: The Novel, Brian Antoni perfectly captures the essence of this wild, crazy, surreal, pharmaceutically and alcohol fueled place. He writes about people and events here with a connoisseur's discerning eye, which should not be surprising, considering he's had a front row seat to it all for years."-- Carolina Garcia Aguilera, author of One Hot Summer

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Gabriel Tucker's gargantuan trust fund has allowed him to spend his life traveling and partying, so he's none too pleased to receive a letter informing him that his uncle has blown all the money in the trust, and the only thing Gabriel has left is a crumbling hotel on South Beach. Gabriel finds the Venus De Milo Arms inhabited by a lip-synching tranny, an AIDS-afflicted gossip columnist, an elderly woman obsessed with her wardrobe and a performance artist named Marina, whom Gabriel promptly falls in love with. Their lives intertwine along with those of a Cuban refugee-cum-supermodel and a fashion designer obsessed with making South Beach's gaudy dilapidation the new chic. As Marina struggles with the past that keeps her from returning Gabriel's affection and the Venus de Milo Arms is threatened with becoming the next pile of rubble on the road to progress, Gabriel starts to realize that the old hotel may be the only place in the world that he can call home. Antoni delights in describing in pornographic detail the absurdities of South Beach (drugs, sex, freakish locals), but he never gets beneath South Beach's chipped veneer. The light treatment has its moments, but it isn't quite satisfying. (Feb.)
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