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Nineties Second Edition Edition

2.2 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0983393122
ISBN-10: 0983393125
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About the Author

Lucy Ives was born in New York City in 1980, received an AB, magna cum laude, from Harvard College, an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and is currently completing a PhD in comparative literature at New York University. She has lived outside the U.S. for extended periods in Hirosaki, Japan, and Paris and has studied French, German, Greek, Japanese, and Latin, among other languages. She is the author of ANAMNESIS (Slope Editions, 2009), NINETIES (Tea Party Republicans Press, 2013), ORANGE ROSES (Ahsahta Press, 2013), and THE WORLDKILLERS (SplitLevel Texts, 2014). A deputy editor with Triple Canopy, the arts magazine and publisher, Ives continues to live in New York.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 171 pages
  • Publisher: Tea Party Republicans Press; Second Edition edition (May 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983393125
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983393122
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,755,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nineties shattered my heart and then shellacked it together with Mod-Podge and a bedazzler and then smashed it again in different places.
By which I mean: Lucy Ives explores what it is to be a (privileged) teenage girl but does not, like most other 'coming-of-age' novels, capitulate to a trite parody of immaturity or a navel-gazing school special with an easy resolution right before the credits roll. It's centered around adolescent drama, yes, but the parallels to larger societal patterns are bigger than this slim volume would suggest.
I read it twice in a row and tried super-hard to cry both times and was unsuccessful, but the more weepy would definitely weep.
That's not to say 90s is a sad book-- there's a surfeit of hilarious early 90s consumer culture references anyone who was born between 1972 and 1992 will chuckle at. I am simply saying that this hilarity is--as good humor should be--tinged with a deep pain.
My greatest takeaway was a rethinking and deeper understanding of 1) my own teenage pain and 2) privilege. In the latter, I think I became less dismissive of my "poor-little-rich-girl" friends-- anyone with a lot of class rage or a guilt complex about their parents' money would find something meaningful here.
I'm still not sure how Ives' work is so forceful and harrowing: the lean prose consists largely of simple statements of fact and narration of behaviors-- little exposition, little reflection. In this way, Ives reflects the consciousness of a teenager. And in this way, too, Nineties is "a story with no moral" the book is an allegory or a testimony, not a prescription.
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My children grew up in a very similar way to the narrator of Nineties, One of them became a successful adult with children of her own, the other died of an overdose of heroine. This story has no moral as the title promises. It just tells it like it is. There is a lot going on here in the big apple and these children's lives are informed by it all. Lucy Ives just lays it out for you--take it or leave it. This is what happened. Of course, because she is primarily a poet, this novella is actually a prose poem.
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I read the entire piece without stopping. It was detailed, captivating and resonated with me, a product of the nineties. It manages to provide a snapshot into the frustration and anger of growing up with peer pressure.
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By lemonkat on September 28, 2015
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the writing style felt like i was reading a children's book! just overall weird and unimpressed. would not likely read this author again
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What a waste of time! This book is just stupid rambling of nothing. It was like pages out of a lame teenage girls diary.
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This is a bunch of thoughts from early adolescents just mashed together on a few pages .
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I am glad that I got this free, because i cannot imagine having to pay for teenage journal vomit style writing.
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Wanted to like this but I couldn't.
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