Lush Life

Lush Life

Book - 2009
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A National Bestseller
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

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.

Publisher: New York : Picador, 2009, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312428228
Branch Call Number: PRI
Characteristics: 455 p. ;,21 cm

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10000mefest
Apr 05, 2017

I read this book in 2009. This is a review I wrote on it at the time.

I heard about this book on NPR. Comments on the radio during an interview with the author included discussion about his amazing "voice" in the book. This included his grasp of New York ghetto slang as well as "cop speak". This intrigued me as a writer. Richard Price had experience living in New York ghettos and he researched the book by riding around with cops, etc.
After reading the book I also was struck by the detail and dialogue. I enjoy writing dialogue and I agree, that Price is very good.

All in all, this isn't my usual cup of tea..., New York crime stories, etc. But this book was very engaging. I don't see why it wouldn't make a good movie---there is a lot of "meat" to work with here for a project like that.

*Recommended!

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Stalebread
Sep 24, 2015

Got a bit tedious in the last third. Caught myself skimming just to finish it.

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missbaseball
Dec 12, 2013

Richard Price has a habit of looking at the not so pretty side of life. He's such a good writer you don't mind too much.

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toby65
Sep 22, 2012

Beautiful. 5 stars.

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uncommonreader
Jul 27, 2012

Wonderful. Read if only for the dialogue.

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