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Liquor: A Novel Paperback – March 16, 2004
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Lest I give the wrong impression, I should point out that LIQUOR isn't just about food. It's about people--real people and real relationships. It's also about New Orleans, though not the New Orleans that's so frequently seen through the romanticized veil of Goth. Poppy's not afraid to show her hometown as it truly is, warts and all, but it's also obvious that she's fond of those warts, perhaps even moreso than the more conventionally beautiful parts of the city.
If you've read THE VALUE OF X or any of Poppy's short stories about Rickey and G-man, reading LIQUOR will be like visiting with old friends. If not, it will be like making new ones. Either way, you'll be anxiously awaiting the follow-up novel, PRIME, which is scheduled for a Spring 2005 release.
For me the book moved like a steamroller, building momentum slowly, but once it got going it was hard to stop. Though most fans probably know Mrs. Brite for her horror novels, Lost Souls, Drawing Blood, and Exquisite Corpse, it's in Liquor where she truly shines. Liquor feels a lot more personal and involved, through her descriptions of her hometown and her well-drawn characters, than her previous novels.
I think this novel will appeal to those who enjoy Anthony Bourdain's writing or Gregory Mcdonald's Fletch series of novels, as well as anyone who has a love of good food and believable, interesting character work.
(...) So much food...
The plot in a nutshell, G-Man and Rickey are a couple of 27 year old best friends and lovers, who work the mean kitchens of New Orleans. After dealing with jaggoffs and jerks, Rickey gets mondo inspiration for a one-of-a-kind restaraunt that'd do great in the N'Awlins atmosphere -- Liquor, a place whose gimmick is straightforward: every dish served incorporates alcohol in some form. This novel is about the difficulties in getting said restaraunt going. What's more, it's about the challenges involved in going for your dreams and taking a stand for what you feel in important. What's more it's a novel about fear. Not the traditional 'BOO!' kind of fear, but the all too real world 'what if I'm not as good as I think I am?' terror. I once heard the notion that our fears change as we grow older. This is a novel, which demonstrates that development. Poppy Brite is the only person who could've written this novel.
The characters are exceptionally drawn, the writing is honed (though passive sentences creep in once too often for my taste), and the text's flavor is at once saucy, sweet, salty and sexy.
This is probably Poppy Brite's best book, thus far.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
All I can say is Poppy Z. Brite is a brilliant author and I wanted to have all her books, so I got this one. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Scooper
I love everything about this book. I stumbled upon it accidently from a list of great food related novels. And I was immediately sucked in. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jillibean
Gays,liquor and food Oh Yes!!! A great read for anyone that loves food, drink, and being Out Loud and Out Proud.Published 21 months ago by pamps
Food and New Orleans, if you like the two this is a fun read, great to read on short flightsPublished 23 months ago by sleepyhead
This series is fabulous. Rich characters and a story spiced up by descriptions that will have foodies running for teir favorite eatery. A unique premise done really well.Published on November 13, 2013 by Griffen
I missed out on these novels when they first came out, because I'd thought Brite only wrote horror. These are NOT horror, and I'm so glad someone pointed me in their... Read morePublished on August 28, 2013 by Cissa
Great book, Really enjoyed the story. I ended up reading the whole series involving this cute couple! Poppy is a really good author.Published on August 15, 2013 by red23blue
I actually read this book first in this series, but it still got me hooked. Still one of my fave novels in existence.Published on April 11, 2013 by Amazon Customer