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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: The Feminist Press at CUNY (June 17, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155861852X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558618527
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,947,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Lorrie Sprecher's Pissing in a River is testament to the fact that women are not hidden from the world, we're IN it. And sometimes we make noise about that."
—Kristin Hersh, author of Paradoxically Undressing, and Rat Girl


Pissing in a River is a love letter to the obsessions that captivated an outcast generation: punk, politics, passion, and provocation. Sprecher’s smart and fiercely empathetic characters evoke the beauty of the chosen family, the shelter from solitude in which they revel together, and the art that keeps them alive.”
—Maria Raha, author of Cinderella's Big Score: Women of the Punk and Indie Underground


“Beautiful and honest, Pissing in a River chronicles the lives of queer activists: their art, their downfalls, and their epic love stories.”
—Cristy C. Road, author of Spit and Passion


“An honest and genuine DIY punk-rock lesbian love story from back in the day.”
–Kirkus Review


About the Author

Lorrie Sprecher is the author of Sister Safety Pin (Firebrand, 1994). Her collection of short fiction, Anxiety Attack, was published by Violet Ink in 1992. Her work has appeared in anthologies including Dykes With Baggage (Alyson Books, 2000); Lavender Mansions: 40 Contemporary Lesbian and Gay Short Stories (Westview Press, 1994); Glibquips: Funny Words by Funny Women (The Crossing Press, 1994). Excerpts of early drafts of this novel have appeared in various journals and online zines.

Lorrie was a member of ACT UP/DC (the AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power in Washington, DC) and has been arrested six times for acts of nonviolent civil disobedience. She has a PhD in English and American literature from the University of Maryland, College Park. Lorrie and her dog Kurt reside in Syracuse, New York.

Her edgy, quirky voice delivers an acerbic cultural critique, and at her readings, she has been told that she should consider a career in stand-up comedy.

Before 9/11, Lorrie wrote songs against the Taliban for RAWA (the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan) and is an outspoken critic of elective wars and the US government’s use of torture. The punk song “It’s a Heteronormative World, No!” recorded by her band Sugar Rat appears on a compilation put out by Riot Grrrl Berlin. Sugar Rat’s music is available for digital download. For more information on her writing and music, please visit her websites: www.lorriesprecher.com and www.sugarrat.com.

Lorrie is interested in the struggle for human rights and animal rights around the globe. She lives in her head but also in the world.

More About the Author

Lorrie Sprecher is the author of Pissing in a River, Sister Safety Pin and Anxiety Attack. She was a member of ACT UP/DC, has a PhD in English and American literature, and resides with her dog Kurt in Syracuse, New York. The punk song "It's a Heteronormative World, No!" recorded by her band Sugar Rat appears on a compilation put out by Riot Grrrl Berlin.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kara K. on June 23, 2014
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Pissing in a River is absolutely worth the read. I tore through this book because I didn't want to stop hanging out with the characters, a trio of queer women punks in mid-aughts London. Lorrie Sprecher treats mental illness, joblessness, sexuality, sexual assault, and friendship with compassion and complication. (Incidentally, Lorrie is also a lovely person. I met her at a book event this month, and she killed the reading and very graciously stayed to chat afterwards.) This is a story in which romance flourishes between women but does not crowd out other kinds of equally important relationships and aspirations. Sprecher's narrator is also hilarious and wonderfully in touch with punk music from the Patti Smith to current, less well-known artists, and her integration of music into the narrative really works. Read this if you want a story about women taking care of each other, love music, like narrators with an unusual perspective, feel a little nostalgic for early punk, or want to hear something about totally badass punks who aren't the typical be-safety-pinned man.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alexandra on July 23, 2014
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Pissing in a River is hilarious and full of heart. The novel is a great counter to the male punk narrative, following the lives of three queer punk women. Told through the narration of the main character, Amanda, deals with mental illness, AIDS activism and sexual assault. I devoured this book because I became so invested in the love and friendship of the women. It's also a great read if you're looking to up your punk trivia knowledge. The book is filled with references to musicians, specific concerts, and the punk scene.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Green Guy on August 20, 2014
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I really love this book! The book makes a lot of references to punk music that I was unfamiliar with, but it was not over the top. Still easy to understand and follow for a non-punker. A great story that really made me emotionally invested in the characters. I would definitely recommend this book!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sassafras on September 8, 2014
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love it when i read a book that makes me almost miss my subway stop because i'm so focused on the story! If you like dyke punk novels you won't want to miss Lorrie Sprecher's Pissing In A River! + It's probably the best writing about OCD/Intrusive thoughts/worry that I've ever read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Devora on July 18, 2014
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It is a beautiful love story between two women.
It is written with pure emotion and devotion. I read it with suspense until the end.
Lorrie shows great feelings and understanding of musing, books and etc.
I loved the book.

Devora Sprecher
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