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Lush Life: A Novel

7 Ratings: 3.4
A book by Richard Price

Amazon Significant Seven, March 2008: No one has a better ear and eye for the American city than Richard Price, and inLush Life, his first novel in five years, he leaves the fictional environs of Dempsy, New Jersey, whereClockers,Freedomland, andSamaritanwere … see full wiki

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Author: Richard Price
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
7 reviews about Lush Life: A Novel
review by . February 10, 2009
"Lush Life" is my first audio book of 2009 and I doubt that I will find a better combination of author and reader the rest of the year. Richard Price is a master of dialogue regardless of the class or color of his characters and Bobby Cannavale, the television and movie actor giving life to the characters here, handles them all with ease.     Rather surprisingly, despite the length and heft of "Lush Life," its plot centers around a simple armed robbery that goes bad because of …
review by . April 30, 2008
In Price's latest Manhattan's Lower East Side is a dangerous place, steeped in history, and pulsing with life, attitude, grit and hilarity. Its people are driven by hope, despair and calamity. Gang bangers, cops, wannabes and ordinary people just trying to get by - Price arouses compassion for even the scariest, the most lost, the doomed.    The story is an ordinary one. Three youngish white guys, out late, drunk. They get mugged. One of the drunks says, " `Not tonight, my man,' …
review by . April 28, 2008
"Lush Life" received unprecedented exposure and extravagantly positive reviews in The New York Times. It began on March 2nd with a highly flattering portrait of the author by Charles McGrath. On March 4th, Michiko Kakutani weighed in with a glowing endorsement ("a dazzling prose movie of a novel.") Then - amazingly - a second, equally ebullient, review by Walter Kirn in the Sunday Books section on March 16th. So many column inches for just one book - somewhere the debut novelists whose efforts didn't …
review by . March 24, 2008
(The title for this review is from "Lush Life," by Billy Strayhorn.)    Don't pick up a copy of Richard Price's "Lush Life," unless you're ready to give up your weekend. It's compulsively readable, and it's that good. It's also pretty depressing, but depressing in that, "Oh, God, that's life," way.    "Lush Life," is a police procedural that takes place over a little more than a week in the gentrified Inferno of NYC's lower east side. We meet the gentry, the …
review by . January 07, 2008
"Lush Life" is the first of Richard Price's books that I've read, so I had no idea of what to expect from him as a writer. I had a very tough time getting started with this book, and never really got into it completely. The first few chapters made little sense to me, and since most of the story is told through dialogue, I found it extremely difficult to keep the characters straight until I was well into the novel. I actually reread the first fifty or so pages to see what I had missed, but that really …
review by . December 09, 2007
Price, Richard. "Lush Life", Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007.    A Different New York    Amos Lassen    New York City is magical in the eyes and minds of many. It is one of the cultural centers of the world and represents to many what America is all about. But the New York that Richard Price writes about is devoid of the magic and beauty that so many associate with the United States' largest city. In his eighth book, Price tears away the …
review by . November 25, 2007
It all comes together like a bad dream: a random robbery-homicide, a broken family, stressed out detectives using every angle to solve a case, their bosses pushing favorable PR, the tenements, the witnesses, the victims, narcs sweeping the pre-dawn streets and an ethnic mix that defies characterization. And speaking in a particularly clear voice that reflects today's New York City, Price once again offers an unforgettable portrait of greed, misery, opportunity, hope and loss. With dialog that riffs …
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