'So, what do you do?' Whenever people asked him, Eric Cash used to have a dozen answers. Artist, actor, screenwriter ...But now he's thirty-five years old and he's still living on the Lower East Side, still in the restaurant business, still serving the people he wanted to be. What does Eric do? He manages. Not like Ike Marcus. Ike was young, good ...
'So, what do you do?' Whenever people asked him, Eric Cash used to have a dozen answers. Artist, actor, screenwriter ...But now he's thirty-five years old and he's still living on the Lower East Side, still in the restaurant business, still serving the people he wanted to be. What does Eric do? He manages. Not like Ike Marcus. Ike was young, good-looking, people liked him. Ask him what he did, he wouldn't say tending bar. He was going places - until two street kids stepped up to him and Eric one night and pulled a gun. At least, that's Eric's version. In Lush Life, Richard Price tears the shiny veneer off the 'new' New York to show us the hidden cracks, the underground networks of control and violence beneath the glamour. Lush Life is an X-ray of the street in the age of no broken windows and 'quality of life' squads, from a writer whose "tough, gritty brand of social realism ...reads like a movie in prose' Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
Very Good in Fine jacket. Collectible. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. 455 pp.; 24 cm. Near fine. Tight, clean copy. Age toning. Stated "First edition." Dust jacket protected in a mylar book cover. "Lush Life is a tale of two Lower East Sides: one a high-priced bohemia, the other a home to hardship, it's residents pushed to the edges of their time-honored turf. When a cocky young hipster is shot to death by a street kid from the 'other' lower east side, the crime ripples through every stratum of the city in this brilliant and kaleidiscopic portrait of the 'new' New York. / Richard Price is the author of seven novels, including Clockers, Freedomland, and Samaritan. He won a 2007 Edgar Award for his writing on the HBO series The Wire."-Publisher.
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Good. 0374299250 > SIGNED by Author. Signed by the author on the title page. > First edition with full number line. 455 pages in red and black boards. Boards have some scuffing and staining. Light rubbing to all edges and some wear to the spine tips. Interior is clean, text block is straight, all pages are firm to the spine. Binding is solid. > DJ has some wear to all edges and some rubbing and soiling. Bump to the foredge, light stain to foredge, else very clean and bright.
Near fine in near fine dust jacket. SIGNED by the author on title page (signature only). 1st edition, 1st printing, complete number line. As new except for a mark on the bottom of the pageblock and slight rubbing to the dust jacket. Glued binding. Paper over boards. With dust jacket. 455 p. Audience: General/trade. By the National Book Critics Circle Award-and American Academy of Arts and Letters Award-winning author of 'Clockers' and 'Samaritan'. Where possible, all books come with dust jacket in a protective mylar sleeve, sealed in a ziplock bag, wrapped in bubble wrap, shipped in a box.
Fine in fine dust jacket. SIGNED/inscribed 'To Peter' by the author on title page. 1st edition, 1st printing, complete number line. Essentially as new. Glued binding. Paper over boards. With dust jacket. 455 p. Audience: General/trade. By the National Book Critics Circle Award-and American Academy of Arts and Letters Award-winning author of 'Clockers' and 'Samaritan'. Where possible, all books come with dust jacket in a protective mylar sleeve, sealed in a ziplock bag, wrapped in bubble wrap, shipped in a box.
The book is in great shape and well worth the money but it reads like a movie script rather than a book, if that makes any sense. A bit disappointing, hard to get with the characters.
I will wait for the movie.
Oct 3, 2009
An Unerring Ear
In Lush Life, Richard Price uses the police procedural to describe the clash between the old and the new Lower East Side, the immigrant communities and the gentrification of those same communities into restaurants, bars, boutiques and prime real estate, between the projects and the strivers, between the collapsed synagogues and the new highrises.
What's most brilliant and unerring about Price's novel is his ear for dialogue. This is a book, as Eudora Welty has said, that is "written by ear." He captures the voices of the young urban professionals, the police on the Quality of Life Task Force, the African American and Latino youth of the housing projects. In addition, he discloses the simmering race and class tensions beneath the surface of the "new" New York City.
Jul 10, 2008
Glimpse into another world
The street slang used in the early pages of this book was almost enough to make me put the book down. I did not understand it and I didn?t want to start a book focused on crime and violence. Fortunately, I stuck with it. The story is raw and edgy, just as you might imagine daily life in New York City?s lower east side. The book is long but you enjoy the time spent getting to know each character intimately. The author does an excellent job of expressing the hopelessness and hopefulness of life in this changing urban setting. It?s a glimpse into another world - one best viewed through the eyes of the author, Richard Price.
Publishers Weekly, 2008-04-28 With a perfect ear for dialogue, Bobby Cannavale sounds like he grew up on the same patch of New York's Lower East Side that Price so effectively captures. It's a neighborhood in the midst of gentrification where an unplanned late-night murder of a truculent yuppie bartender by a teenage wannabe gangsta affects the lives of an assortment of disparate Manhattanites. Chief among them are Matty Clark, a dedicated and honorable detective, and Eric Cash, a restaurant manager temporarily accused of committing the crime. As Clark, Cannavale adds just the right mixture of weariness and frustration. He adds dimension and surprisingly subtle touches to all of Price's already rich characters--Clark's patently insincere superior officer, Cash's humane employer, a smarmy actor and, most importantly, the sad, angry, poetry-scribbling killer and the victim's omnipresent guilt-ridden, wraithlike father. Better yet, Cannavale delivers Price's sometimes mind-boggling slanguages (including cop-speak, Ebonics and a sort of restaurateur rap) as smoothly, effortlessly and clearly as an expertly trained Old Vic thespian interprets lines from the Bard. Simultaneous release with the FSG hardcover (Reviews, Jan. 21). (Mar.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 2008-01-21 Master of the Bronx and Jersey projects, Price (Clockers) turns his unrelenting eye on Manhattan's Lower East Side in this manic crescendo of a novel that explores the repercussions of a seemingly random shooting. When bartender Ike Marcus is shot to death after barhopping with friends, NYPD Det. Matty Clark and his team first focus on restaurant manager and struggling writer Eric Cash, who claims the group was accosted by would-be muggers, despite eyewitnesses saying otherwise. As Matty grills Eric on the still-hazy details of the shooting, Price steps back and follows the lives of the alleged shooters-teenagers Tristan Acevedo and Little Dap Williams, who live in a nearby housing project-as well as Ike's grieving father, Billy, who hounds the police even as leads dwindle. As the intersecting narratives hurtle toward a climax that's both expected and shocking, Price peels back the layers of his characters and the neighborhood until all is laid bare. With its perfect dialogue and attention to the smallest detail, Price's latest reminds readers why he's one of the masters of American urban crime fiction. Author tour. (Mar.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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