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Beautiful Garbage: A Novel Paperback – April 2, 2013
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—Cat Marnell, VICE columnist
“Equal parts Patti Smith’s Just Kids and The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Beautiful Garbage is a voyeuristic panorama of the vice and vanity of the downtown art scene in the 1980s.”
—Ivy Pochoda, author of The Art of Disappearing and Visitation Street
“Beautiful Garbage offers up one woman’s tour of duty of a New York City consumed by art, sex, and ambition. By turns passionate, cruel, shocking, and engrossing, this is a novel steeped in the lure of glamour and transformation the Big Apple’s always had to offer.”
—Rachel Kramer Bussel, editor of Women in Lust and Fast Girls
“Beautiful, yes. Garbage, no. Just a captivating story of art, women, friendship, drugs, and self-destruction set against the glittery backdrop of a vanished Manhattan.”
—Elisa Albert, author of The Book of Dahlia
“Beautiful Garbage combines the page-turning ease of a beach read with a polished and ambitious literary tone. As challenging and unconventional as its heroine, Jodi Plum, the book falls into a heritage that includes Plath and Edie Sedgwick, and yet is freshly and con dently dependent on neither.”
—Ruth Fowler, author of Girl, Undressed
“We have all heard the phrase ‘one man's garbage is another's treasure.’ Beautiful Garbage happens to be everyone’s treasure. To read this book is to listen to that gritty voice in your own head that keeps repeating, DO IT.”
—Jules Kim, Creator and Owner of Bijules Jewelry
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Top Customer Reviews
This book is Ms. Di Donato's debut novel. The setting for the book is New York art scene, 1980's. We read of Jodi Plum and her journey throuhg sex, drugs and the art scene. She has a lot of pain from her confusion about sexuality at an early age. She expresses herself through her art. That may save her. BEAUTIFUL GARBAGE is about Jodi's personnal evolution as she makes her way with her art. The book draws you in. You begin to care about Jodi. Her life is complicated and you want to make it better. You can tell by the way the book is so well written that a lot of research and study went into the writing. I think I went through so many feelings as I read this amazing book. Sometimes it was honest, disturbing, interesting, dark, edge of the seat and a real page turner. I would recommend this book to anybody that might be looking for something better in their life. It's Jodi's journey to the dark side of the art world, sex, need, morality, complications and so much more. Will Jodi find herself, her true self?
I would give this book 5 STARS.
I was given a complimentary copy of BEAUTIFUL GARBAGE from the author, Jill Di Donato for my honest review.
Thank you Ms. Di Donato for this informative and interesting story. I look forward to your next book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was ok. Not what I expected from reading the description. About all I can say is I read the entire book and did not dump it halfway through.Published 9 months ago by B. Stranak
Jill Di Donato's debut novel is fantastically captivating and interestingly written; it is definitely a book that will keep you on your toes. I finished it in only a few days! Read morePublished 24 months ago by Dagmara
Jill Di Donato is able to capture the essence of the 80s with great imagery and detailed scenes. This novel is beautifully written and a definite must read!Published on May 8, 2014 by Caitlyn
Di Donato's Beautiful Garbage tells a gritty tale of sex, art and NYC. Di Donato's prose is provocative and masterful. A must-read for anyone with a libido and a brain.Published on March 25, 2014 by Whiskey Blue
This is a smart, original, well-constructed novel that also happens to be page-turner. I didn't want anyone to interrupt me while I was reading it! Read morePublished on March 13, 2014 by EP
As a debut for Di Donato, this novel strikes gold! Not only is it an intriguing read, but it is informative. Read morePublished on December 10, 2013 by Anne McDaniel
Exotic and beautifully crafted writing, Once hooked you wont let go. Definitely would recommend to anyone who is lost in search for an escape from everyday life to live out... Read morePublished on May 2, 2013 by Jay A
Didonato's debut novel is an intriquing, dazzling, depressing, entertaining, dark, gritty, honest, captivating, unsettling, and interesting exploration of the dark corners of the... Read morePublished on April 17, 2013 by Mia Suzuki