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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Adult; First Edition edition (April 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670022578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670022571
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,435,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*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

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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.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Swan on June 12, 2011
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"Toxicology" is a masterpiece. Hagedorn creates fresh characters that are raunchy, funny and ultimately heartbreaking. She's the master of form, suspense and knows how to nail a detail. If you haven't read Hagedorn's earlier books, start with "Toxicology" and work backwards. She's at the peak of her skills, so buy this book. You'll love it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Crumbles Delorean on June 9, 2013
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Jessica Hagedorn brings New York City to life in the novel TOXICOLOGY. The characters are so alive and real. Interesting people who are not easy to classify. This is easily one of the best books she has written. To see a writer at the top of her game is a pleasure. This is a novel only a true lover of NYC could write. The book is a combination commentary on life in the first half of the twenty first century, the nature of celebrity, a rumination of the meaning of passion for life, art, love, and the dream of making it in the big city.

If I had to assemble a reading list for someone who had never been to New York City, I would put this book on the list. The main story and subplots are woven together and there is no fat, no excess. Just pure story and the need to turn the page.

Sometimes I am walking down the street and I think I catch a glimpse of Mimi or Eleanor. There are pockets of the city that burn bright in this novel. Pick up the book and get lost in this world.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sunrise Susie on January 8, 2014
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Depressed characters leading depressing lives. Plus, confusing disjointed structure. How did this book get published? Take a pass. Wish I HAD.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Bertola on March 20, 2013
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I thought this a terrible effort. Saw no value in it; can't figure out why the author chose to write this book. What did she want to accomplish?
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