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Drugstore Cowboy

Fogle, James

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ISBN 10: 038530224X / ISBN 13: 9780385302241
Published by Delta Books, NY, 1990
Condition: Near Fine Soft cover
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214pp. NF trade paperback, corner lightly bumped with faint creasing to covers, slight age-toning to page edges, very minor edgewear, otherwise clean & tight. Bookseller Inventory # 16060

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Title: Drugstore Cowboy

Publisher: Delta Books, NY

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition:Near Fine

Edition: 1st thus

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Synopsis:

The novel that inspired the highly acclaimed major motion picture.

Bob Hughes, the offbeat, edgy, and slightly skewed leader of a crew of traveling junkies, describes himself as “one of the cleverest and ringiest and most notorious dope fiend drugstore cowboys on the entire West Coast, including Alaska.” Bob, his wife, Diane, Rick, and Nadine have a penchant for robbing drugstores and grabbing pills and capsules to support their habit and relieve their boredom.
 
It’s an all-too-real examination of the addict’s domain: the euphoria, the paranoia, the busts, the overdoses, the haunting reality of trying to survive your own world. But James Fogle—who based this extraordinary novel on his own experiences, and who spent thirty-five years of his life in prison—has turned their lives into something darkly comic.
 
Set in Portland, Oregon, in the early 1970s, Drugstore Cowboy is a resonating evocation of life at the bottom, and yet, by portraying his characters without judgment or glamor, Fogle has illuminated them. His debut novel is a singular work of contemporary fiction.

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James Fogle (1936–2012) was the author of the autobiographical Drugstore Cowboy. Drugstore Cowboy was turned into an award-winning film in 1989 by Gus Van Sant. The Los Angeles Times described the exploits of the characters in Fogle’s book as “laced with humor, pathos, and sheer bad luck.”

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