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Life by Richard Price
At 4 am, after a night of bar-hopping on the Lower East
Side of Manhattan, Eric Cash, a wannabe actor, and a bartender named Ike
are held up by two dark-skinned youths with a gun. Rather than fork over
his wallet, Ike steps towards the thug with the.22 and intones: "Not
tonight, my man.".
Lush Life is a tale of two Lower East Sides: one a high-priced
bohemia, the other a home to hardship. With its perfect dialogue, attention
to detail and vivid characters, Lush Life is much more than just another
police procedural novel.
‘ No matter how routinely and highly praised
it may be, Price's ear for dialogue, his ability to capture and reproduce
the rhythm, tone, and evanescent vocabulary of urban life, cannot be overpraised:
Price is our best, one of the best writers of dialogue in the history
of American literature.’ Michael Chabon The New York Review
’A visceral, heart-thumping portrait of New York City and some of its residents, complete with soundtrack, immortalized in this dazzling prose movie of a novel.’ Michiko Kakutani The New York Times.
Richard Price grew up in the Bronx in New York. He has
received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts
and Letters and shared a 2007 Edgar® Award as a cowriter of HBO’s
mini-series The Wire.