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Last Call Paperback – July 12, 2013
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Top Customer Reviews
While imagination can explore the unknown, it surely takes imposed and intense personal experience to be able to convey the sensual and taut descriptions of the reality and grasp of vivacious bar life, the desperate exchange of personal - and the need for impersonal relationships, and emotional expression and exasperations that are so vividly and viscerally presented on each page of this excellent work.
The ability to convey the fluidity of real life is what separates excellent writers from the rest of use who love language and celebrate authors who can take us deeply into their realm of human adventure and drama.
The novel swirls around the life of Nicky, a woman who grapples with the struggle and conviction of believing her life deserves more than the local bar life she is shaken and mixed within. As a generous, enticing, yet prideful and sometimes aloof tender at the local watering hole, she realizes that lives on both sides of the narrow space where drinks and dreams are transferred feel the attraction that the other side might offer possibilities - potentialities that still lure and sustain the spirit of adventure within each of us.
Nicky's friend Casey is dying - but living life more that Nicky yet knows how to be in the world. Casey is inspiring and tragic as they both give each other permission to be themselves no matter what that may mean and no matter what it takes to see through the terror and joy of their friendship......Read more ›
The book's voice -- young, tough, and vulnerable -- and its superb capture of the moods and rhythms of work in a night spot will speak both to those who are living or have lived that life and those who may never; to anyone who has lost a friend or fought free of a compellingly destructive relationship.