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Synopsis: "At once mordantly funny and achingly sad, L.I.E. is a soul map for modern suburbia."
--Sheri Holman, author of The Dress Lodger
Long Island, New York, 1987: Harlan Kessler--raised in Medford, a product of blue-collar Suffolk County, of housing developments and concrete strip malls--graduates from high school. He hangs out, he parties, he plays guitar for the Dayglow Crazies (the local rock-and-roll phenomenon), and he struggles diligently to lose his virginity. He doesn't think about the future much. The Long Island Expressway (L.I.E.) cleaves the landscape, permitting passage west, to the tonier climes of Nassau County and New York City, but to Harlan, this seems like an impossible journey, something beyond his Long Island birthright. And what's worse, evidence is accumulating that Harlan may not exist at all, that he may merely be a character in someone else's story, a fleeting thought in the mind of God.
L.I.E. follows Harlan, his family, and his friends through two years of love, sex, death, betrayal, salvation, and enlightenment. In ten intimately interwoven stories, in prose that swings fluidly from gritty realism to heightened metafiction, David Hollander maps an American landscape that is at once vividly familiar and highly exotic, creating an unforgettable portrait of the passage to adult-hood and the search for identity, certain to resonate with legions of readers. By turns dark, funny, raw, and elegant, L.I.E. is the striking debut of a singular voice.
The last wisps of afternoon streak and evaporate into blue-gray dusk, submersing Long Island in twilight. Harlan and Rik Giannati sit on the curb outside Rik's house, precisely 211 yards northeast of Harlan's house, the distance punctuated by no fewer than fourteen subtly distinct houses of three ilks: the square, steeple-roofed Granada; the split-level LaSalle; the two-story, three-bedroom Monte Carlo. This last model was the choice of Kessler and Giannati alike some ten years ago when they, too, were assimilated in the mass exodus from Queens to Suffolk County that had gripped the hearts and genitals of so many. The streetlamps began to glow along Rustic Avenue, a cold blue flicker spaced at even intervals, like isolated members of the same species, each shivering in its cage of frosted glass. --From L.I.E.
From the Back Cover:
“An entertaining coming-of-age story set in one of America’s legendary weird suburbs . . . Hollander is an inventive writer who manages simultaneously to romanticize and to parody his own experience.”
–The Washington Post
“The landscape of Long Island is a critical presence in the book, and Hollander portrays it with as much vitality and detail as the human characters. . . . One of the best aspects of L.I.E. is that is can be read on several different levels. Sufficiently lighthearted and amusing for casual readers, it contains enough emotional complexity and even tragedy to suit those who long for deeper reading. Those who seek challenge and profundity will find plenty of food for thought in Harlan’s existential dilemma. . . . This unconventional novel [is] a rewarding and entertaining experience.”
–The Wellesley News
“Hollander displays a keen eye for the ordinary, capturing teenage discontent and suburban malaise without pretense.”
Title: L.I.E.: A Novel
Book Condition: New
Book Description Villard. Hardcover. Condition: VERY GOOD. Light rubbing wear to cover, spine and page edges. Very minimal writing or notations in margins not affecting the text. Possible clean ex-library copy, with their stickers and or stamp(s). Seller Inventory # 2905448277
Book Description Villard. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. A copy that has been read, but remains in excellent condition. Pages are intact and are not marred by notes or highlighting, but may contain a neat previous owner name. The spine remains undamaged. An ex-library book and may have standard library stamps and/or stickers. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Seller Inventory # G0375504435I4N10
Book Description Villard, 2000. Condition: Very Good. 1st. Ships from Reno, NV. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Seller Inventory # GRP96336604
Book Description Villard, 2000. Condition: Very Good. 1st. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Seller Inventory # GRP95372823
Book Description Villard, 2000. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Connecting readers with great books since 1972. Used books may not include companion materials, some shelf wear, may contain highlighting/notes, may not include cdrom or access codes. Customer service is our top priority!. Seller Inventory # S_184718497
Book Description Villard, 2000. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Connecting readers with great books since 1972. Used books may not include companion materials, some shelf wear, may contain highlighting/notes, may not include cdrom or access codes. Customer service is our top priority!. Seller Inventory # S_213490566
Book Description Villard, 2000. Hardcover. Condition: Fine+. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition; First Printing. No defects. DJ not price clipped ($22.95) . No names or ANY markings. ; 227 pages. Seller Inventory # 35377
Book Description Villard Books, Westminster, Maryland, U.S.A., 2000. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. New York New York: Villard, 2000 2000 First Edition Hardcover Very Good (remainder dot) in a Near Fine jacket 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall Hard Cover. Author"s first book. Seller Inventory # 001806
Book Description Villard, New York, 2000. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. 0375504435 Near fine in near fine dust jacket. First edition. Seller Inventory # BING8218001
Book Description New York: Villard, 2000, New York, 2000. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Seller Inventory # 005082