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City of Whores Paperback – August 1, 2014
"...a more complex story that both satisfies and subverts the reader's expectations...displays an excellent sense of plot and pacing...the historical settings sparkle, especially a vividly described transatlantic passage on one of the last great ocean liners, the SS United States." - Foreword Reviews
"...mesmerizing...an eloquent work of art..." - Meghan Hyden, LuxuryReading.com
"...fascinating and entirely captivating...a page-turner replete with authentic period details, excellent and witty dialogue, and a layered plot worthy of the finest of Hollywood's golden age." - Anthony Caplan, author of Amazon #1 bestseller, Savior, TheNewRemembrance.blogspot.com
About the Author
City of Whores is the debut novel from Mark B. Perry, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning writer-producer of such series as Revenge, Brothers & Sisters, Pasadena, Party of Five, Law & Order, Picket Fences, Northern Exposure, and The Wonder Years.
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The book very thoughtfully imagines what life in the closet might have been like in the 1950s in a way I haven't really seen before. It captures the way many emotional and sexual lives were just sort of snuffed out, and unhappiness was quietly, but cancerously, spread. This strain of the book – the love story – is the sad, sweet heart of the narrative, and a poignant counterpoint to the show business glitz.
And did I mention Tallulah Bankhead is in it? Tallulah fans will approve – Mark B. Perry has obviously done his research, and legitimate details of Tallu abound and inform her characterization here. It is so refreshing to read something that conceives of Tallulah as more than a punchline (although she certainly delivers some of those), and presents her as a warm, if charmingly alcoholic mess of a Fairy Godmother.
You get the picture: if you ever wanted to party with Tallulah, Rock Hudson, and the gang during the last days of Hollywood, this is your springtime reading. It's delicious. Total page-turner. Just read it.
It paints a picture in it's characters that are both relatable and classic in the telling. The thrice named protagonist narrates in retrospect and in present day weaving a sordid and savory tale of his life and loves with a powerful Hollywood pair.
The settings are realistic and historically accurate, and visually evocative. In particular, I found his depiction of the maiden voyage of the currently endangered SS United States fantastic. He writes of places that existed with the knowledge that comes from love and research and a feeling that he may have actually experienced such adventure, mayhem, and passion in another life or on a level, this life!
The reader is both repulsed and attracted to the outcome in a page turning quest for resolution and peace in it's telling.
This novel is one that you will read in record time. I assure you. The author captures the nuance of every sparkling and degraded Hollywood early 50's moment with his perfect visual verbal painting of each and every chapter.
For those of you who are supporters of the SS United States and the ship being saved by www.ssusc.org, you will enjoy, or perhaps not, a stunning recreation of her Maiden Voyage.
The journey these characters take is epic yet intimate. Be prepared to laugh and tear up when you least expect to. But life is like that, right? So curl up with this book and take the voyage. You'll be amazed where it takes you.
Bravo Mr. Perry!