After Delores by Sarah Schulman

cover of the book After DeloresAfter Delores by Sarah Schulman
Genre: Fiction
Copyright Year: 1988
Published: 1988
Publisher: Dutton
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Format: Hardcover
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No. of Pages: 158
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ISBN: 052524641X
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A story of murder and the loss of love set in the streets, parks and tenements of ‘Alphabet City’–New York’s Lower East Side–and a fresh, seductive foray into a thriving lesbian community whose members are as memorable as they are unique. From Publishers Weekly Schulman populates her hilarious, hard-core gay mystery with raunchy characters who stalk the streets of the East Village. When the lesbian narrator’s girlfriend Delores defects to the bed and Tribeca loft of photographer Mary Sunshine, the unnamed narrator picks up a Priscilla Presley look-alike at a gay dance who leaves an address book and a gun in her lap, tempting her to take violent action. Later the ineffable Punkette, a part-time go-go dancer in Jersey with whom the narrator is infatuated, is found dead, and she becomes obsessed by the urge to find and shoot the killer, as well as with the desire to frighten Delores back to her bed by shooting Mary Sunshine. It becomes impossible for the narrator to get through yet another insane day of waiting tables at Herbie’s greasy coffeeshop, where Herbie’s mother expects the help to eat leftovers. The story is complicated and enriched by Coco, a Puerto Rican beautician who quotes Wallace Stevens and tells stories; by Charlotte and Beatriz, an older couple who might have been threatened by Charlotte’s affair with Punkette and either of whom might have murdered her; and by Daniel, Beatriz’s son, a part-time, street-level drug dealer who seems to know more than he lets on about Punkette. Somehow, our heroine gets through: she gets over Delores, and she takes care of Punkette’s murderer; then she gets on with her life. Schulman, a wry and passionate writer with an excellent eye for detail and ear for dialogue, has written a thoroughly up-to-date novel that makes Bright Lights, Big City and Less Than Zero seem thin and dated. Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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