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Starlite Terrace

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780857420824
Author(s): Patrick Roth
Format: Paperback
Year: 2013
Publisher: Seagull Books London Ltd
Dimensions: 135 x 19 x 207 (w x l x h)
Pages: 196
Series: The German List

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In a rundown Los Angeles apartment building - the titular Starlite Terrace - Patrick Roth unfurls the tragic linked stories of Rex, Moss, Gary, and June, four neighbors in a sort of burlesque of the Hollywood modern. In each of their singular collisions with fame, Roth's dark prose presages a universal and mythical fate of desperation. In 'The Man at Noah's Window,' Rex shares the story of his father, a supposed hand double for Gary Cooper in High Noon. In 'Eclipse of the Sun,' Moss, who lives in fear of the next holocaust, awaits a visit from the long-lost daughter he has tracked down. In 'Rider on the Storm,' Gary, a rock drummer and born-again Christian, who 'almost played' on the Turtles' 1960s hit 'Happy Together,' strives to find escape from his personal guilt. And in 'The Woman in the Sea of Stars,' June, a former Hollywood studio secretary whose husband once cheated on her with Marilyn Monroe, makes the best of a disconnected life until she emerges reborn through ashes strewn in the illuminated swimming pool of the Starlite Terrace. In each of these four tales of wannabes and almost-weres, Roth's L.A. portraits unfold in rare style, and, in Krishna Winston's masterful translation, the hopeless, loveless perversion of an Edward Ruscha - inspired California becomes a compelling pageant of all-American grotesques that is not to be missed.

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