The Flamethrowers (MP3 CD)

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By Rachel Kushner, Christina Traister (Performed by)
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A young artist's adventures in "Drop Dead" New York's underground are the basis for one powerful literary performance. Like an art world Visit from the Goon Squad, but way better. — Charles Bottomley

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The year is 1975 and Reno--so-called because of the place of her birth--has come to New York intent on turning her fascination with motorcycles and speed into art. Her arrival coincides with an explosion of activity in the art world--artists have colonized a deserted and industrial SoHo, are staging actions in the East Village, and are blurring the line between life and art. Reno meets a group of dreamers and raconteurs who submit her to a sentimental education of sorts. Ardent, vulnerable, and bold, she begins an affair with an artist named Sandro Valera, the semi-estranged scion of an Italian tire and motorcycle empire. When they visit Sandro's family home in Italy, Reno falls in with members of the radical movement that overtook Italy in the seventies. Betrayal sends her reeling into a clandestine undertow.

The Flamethrowers is an intensely engaging exploration of the mystique of the feminine, the fake, the terrorist. At its center is Kushner's brilliantly realized protagonist, a young woman on the verge. Thrilling and fearless, this is a major American novel from a writer of spectacular talent and imagination.



Product Details
ISBN: 9781469287133
ISBN-10: 1469287137
Publisher: Brilliance Corporation
Publication Date: February 4th, 2014
Language: English
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