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High in the Streets Paperback – April 29, 2016
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High in the Streets is by turns hilarious, moving, and raw. A gritty tour de force that takes the best aspects of James Salter, Norman Mailer, and Bret Easton Ellis to heart, Binder's novel is an accomplished debut by a writer with a singular, animated voice, attuned to the strange rhythms and desperation of latter-day Los Angeles and the people who live there. (Michael Abolafia, reviewer New York Review of Books, 2015)
Binder is a born storyteller, and his novel is as philosophically astute as it is hilariously funny. We can expect great things from this wild new voice. (Clancy Martin, a Guggenheim Fellow and the Pushcart Prize-winning author of the books How to Sell (FSG), Love & Lies (FSG), Bad Sex (Tyrant) 2015)
About the Author
Matthew Binder is a former wastrel of the highest order. His work has drawn comparisons to Bret Easton Ellis, Norman Mailer, and James Salter. HIGH IN THE STREETS is his first novel.
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A true testament to the broken American dream and the emptiness it creates, High in the Streets will force you to confront those raw urges and irrational desires that today’s society has deemed unnecessary and inappropriate for a successful individual to possess.
The rare and wild life of Lou Brown will stir up in you a whole hearth of emotions that will change forever the way you think about your own life. Don’t be surprised to find yourself driving into the desert on a Friday night with a bottle of whiskey and a numbness in your gut. It is, most likely, the first step in confronting whatever it is that ails you.
But despite his numerous and frequent inclinations to be a miscreant, Lou is also a devoted friend (to certain people), and treats the female characters in the story with respect and adoration (at least the ones who portray confidence and authenticity). These are redeeming qualities that make us – in a pretty uncomfortable way, albeit – root for Lou.
Lou's journey plays out in a serious of vignettes, where Binder goes deep to expose the depth and complexity of Lou's self-pilgrimage––a really effective structure for a story like this.
Prepare to shake your head, nod your head, feel sad, laugh, and shake your head again, but most of all, prepare to be entertained. This is one hell of a first novel from Matthew Binder.
Binder's writing style avoids the flowery prose that merely serves as distraction. His writing complemented his characters perfectly. It takes a considerable amount of confidence to touch on varied subjects like sexism, politics, and wealth. Binder's voice is unique and powerful and High in the Streets is a resounding success.
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