*Starred Review* Keenly alert to the mesh of pop culture and life, audacious, multitalented Hagedorn (Dream Jungle, 2003) investigates New York�s art and film mystique in an edgy, speedy tale that launches with the shocking death of a Heath Ledger�like actor. Chaos-on-wheels and flat-broke filmmaker Mimi joins the crowd gathering on the street outside his brownstone, tiny video camera in hand. A stylish slasher film earned her some cachet, but she�s now desperate. Her dealer-lover has vanished, and she�s out of cocaine. Her intractable 14-year-old daughter has left her father to move in with Mimi and her dying dog, and Mimi�s alcoholic brother, Carmelo, is certain that their cousin Agnes, an illegal immigrant, has been murdered. Time to call on Mimi�s wealthy, gin-besotted cokehead neighbor across the hall. Eleanor, 80, is a reclusive cult writer infamous for her lesbian erotica. Mourning the death of her lover, Yvonne, a famous painter, she is surprised to be experiencing a modest revival. As angry, foulmouthed, and jittery Mimi runs amok and Eleanor confronts the obdurate facts of old age, Hagedorn flashes back to their traumatic pasts of ostracism and political violence. Out of jump cuts and close-ups, Hagedorn has composed a jazzy, stingingly smart tragicomedy of toxic substances, hate, and delusions; hustle and creativity; obsession and passion. --Donna Seaman
About the Author
Jessica Hagedorn is the author of the novels Dogeaters and The Gangster of Love, Dream Jungle, and a collection of poetry and short fiction, Danger and Beauty.