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Live Girls

Nugent, Beth

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ISBN 10: 0679419780 / ISBN 13: 9780679419785
Published by New York: Knopf, 1996, New York, 1996
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Cloth. Signed by Author. First edition, first printing, signed and dated by the author in the year of publication. Laid in is a promotional postcard from the publisher announcing the author's NYC signings. A fine clean tight copy in illustrated boards without dust jacket as issued. Bookseller Inventory # 000683

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Title: Live Girls

Publisher: New York: Knopf, 1996, New York

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition

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Following her critically acclaimed collection of short stories, City of Boys, Beth Nugent brings her dark and eerie vision to a powerful first novel.

Live Girls is the story of Catherine, in her twenties, who sells tickets in a run-down porn theater in a decrepit port city, A sign in the window of the seedy hotel where she lives reads Transients Welcome. Her only friend is Jerome, an anorexic drag queen who searches for love among the sailors.

As Catherine and Jerome set out for Hollywood, we witness -with equal horror and fascination -- their desperate attempt to find redemption in a world that offers them so little.

In haunting, stylized prose, Nugent takes us deep into her protagonist's psyche while painting a bizarre -- yet oddly familiar -- picture of a dissociated, disconnected America. Live Girls is a tour de force that will leave no one who reads it unshaken.

About the Author:

Beth Nugent received an MFA from the University of Iowa. She teaches at the University of Denver. Her short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker and Grand Street.

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