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The wrenching but compelling story of unconditional love between two lost and disenfranchised souls. Sera, a prostitute, and Ben, an alcoholic, stumble together and discover in each other a respite from their unforgiving lives.
O'Brien's first novel, which uses a present-tense format for immediacy and heavy-handed irony to call attention to its characters' delusions and false optimism, explores a merciless world ruled by sex and booze. Sera, a surprisingly well-paid hooker from L.A., finds making a living in the squalid streets and casinos of Las Vegas fairly simple, provided that injuries from abusive tricks do not leave permanent scars; trouble starts when Al, her former pimp, tracks her down to reassert his authority. Her initial fear of Al's notorious cruelty turns to pity, however, and she frees herself of the self-destructive love she once felt for him to begin a gentler yet equally destructive relationship with Ben, a Southern Californian who has decided that Las Vegas's perpetually open bars are the perfect place to drink himself to death. Sera cares for Ben, and her compassion elicits the reader's sympathy and hope despite Sera's dead-end occupation and Ben's steadily worsening condition. Fast-paced and violent, this saga is derivative of such chroniclers of dereliction as Charles Bukowski and Larry Brown.
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What a beautiful, touching, tragic novel. It stayed with me for weeks after reading.Published 29 days ago by Liz in LA
I loved the movie and learned it was based on a novel so I read the novel. I loved both and felt the movie was true to the novel. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mark N.
A gripping, gritty story of unconditional love and support between two lost individuals.Published 2 months ago by karen
this is a page turner as a book .....(and u get swept up in the romance of Ben and Sera ... and believe me it's no TYPICAL romance...and comitting it to film.... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michael Jenkinson
A great read. Author makes deeply flawed characters sympathetic. Some format problems.Published 5 months ago by TJ Akin.
Although I've watched the movie a few times I needed to read the book anyway all the whilepicturing nick cage and Elisabeth Shue.Published 5 months ago by Kenneth L. Summers
This book really hit a chord with me. Self destructive behavior is so prevalent.Published 6 months ago by wcmidios