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Jet Set Desolate Paperback – May 21, 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Future Fiction London (May 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0578016257
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578016252
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,259,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By K. Jacobson on June 19, 2009
Format: Paperback
Andrea Lambert's debut novel, Jet Set Desolate, tells the story of Lena Cosentino, a twentysomething mired in the alluring and terrifying world of early-2000s San Francisco, where sex and cocaine flow freely and, on the surface at least, little else seems important.

Lambert weaves a gnarled spiderweb of drugs, lust, and excess; a devastating portrait of a young woman struggling to maintain an image of consummate glamour while slipping into utter abjection. Jet Set Desolate is smut with style, prurience with pith. For underneath the tangle of limbs and bags of powder, it is plain to see that Lena is, at her core, simply searching for a connection more meaningful than the one she has with her dealer. This is at times difficult to see beneath the veneer of disco balls and lines of coke; however, Lena is tougher than she appears. Although she is repeatedly debased and degraded, Lena demonstrates a base, animal will to survive. As the novel frenetically races toward its brutal conclusion, it is the reader who will be left clawing for more.
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This book should be required reading for everyone who deals with mental health issues: health care providers, parents, friends and even the sufferers of some mental health disorders. The general population experiences mental illness from the outside looking in - and as soon as they have seen enough, they have the capacity to turn away and deal with something else. In Jet Set Desolate, Andrea (my daughter) has brilliantly captured what it is like to experience mental illness from the inside out, not able to escape the ongoing tragedies as they predictably come to pass. To read about it in this book is as close as many of us would be willing to explore, but taking the time to do so is like being there to experience first-hand but from a safe distance the slice-of-life events of a stereotypical alternative culture, all the while revealing the murky progressions of alcohol abuse, drug abuse, sex abuse, inter-personal relationship abuse, poor decision making, bad judgment, despair and ultimately the total destruction of precious lives that surely someone must love.
Airline pilots are disciplined with a mindset of situational awareness and safety, constantly being reminded that the best way to prevent a mishap is to recognize and avoid the situations that cause them. The statistics prove this mindset to be effective. In the same light, parents, health care providers, counselors, friends and peers alike would find great virtue in this book in spite of its raw and sometimes brutal and even vulgar descriptions.
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follow the website on the back of the book if you want to go down a rabbit hole of delusion. this book is absurd and unreadable.
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