Mary Woronov Niagara

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Molly and her half brother Kenny are obsessed with a Niagara folktale about an Indian girl who is sacrificed in the Falls. Then Kenny lunges to his death on the night of their high school graduation, and Molly, in despair, marries Kenny’s best friend and flees to Southern California. Molly becomes a drunk, while her husband flourishes as a San Bernadino car salesman.

Forced to return home for her father’s funeral, Molly uncovers a different version of her past, full of family secrets and frustrated love. After her extraordinary first novel Snake, Niagara confirms Mary Woronov as an American writer with an idiosyncratic, surreal voice.

Mary Woronov, a writer as well as a painter and a film director, has long been recognized as a cult film star for Eating Raoul and Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. Her previous publications include an autobiography, Swimming Underground: My Years in the Warhol Factory.

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Mary lives in LA and is a painter as well as a writer. Her other jobs have been teacher of creative writing, Warhol star in New York, and Hollywood cult queen.

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?Her sense of tragic absurdity imbues Niagara with dark imagery and darker humour... Woronov spirals off into fantasies, led by stray observations. But she?s so imaginative that these riffs are always engaging... Molly/Woronov?s candour can be frightening. You sense she has been to the bottom herself and might be more at home there... The finale elicits her best writing. Like a runner or an opera singer, she has kept power in reserve, and spent it on the last tremendous chapter? Mary Flanagan, Independent ?An unusual and compelling tale. Secrets and lies, love and death - it?s all here? Diane Broughton, The Big Issue in the North ?Niagara gushes with dark and morbid humor? Time Out (New York) Woronov's novel peers into the broken-down life of drunk housewife Molly, who spends her days in an embarrassing stupor, blaming her shambled present on her past (domineering mother, lost brother, hapless father). Molly's bitter recollections sting, but what really drives this novel is a later realization that her ideas about childhood have little to do with what really happened. Is it too late for this woman to benefit from her new knowledge? Woronov captures Molly's doomed attempt to free herself from her own destructive notions with exposed-nerve prose and painstaking clarity. Village Voice, top 25 books of the year 2002.

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