Dogrun

Dogrun

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by Arthur Nersesian
     
 

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mary bellanova came home to her east village apartment, cooked dinner, and fought with her boyfriend, primo. but soon mary realized that primo's silence in front of the tv set was more than just one of his bad moods: primo was actually dead.
other guys had abandoned mary before,but primo's exit was by far the most unique. and suddenly mary's life —

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mary bellanova came home to her east village apartment, cooked dinner, and fought with her boyfriend, primo. but soon mary realized that primo's silence in front of the tv set was more than just one of his bad moods: primo was actually dead.
other guys had abandoned mary before,but primo's exit was by far the most unique. and suddenly mary's life — defined so far by a string of temp jobs and unfinished short stories — takes off on a tantalizing adventure as she follows a trail of primo's ex-lovers.
arthur nersesian, who created a howling new york odyssey in his smash hit the fuck-up, captures the spirit of the city itself — jolting and full of surprise — in this powerful new novel edged with black humor and poignancy.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
When Mary Bellanova finds her live-in boyfriend, Primo, dead on the couch in her New York City apartment, she is catapulted into a manic quest for the truth about his life in this lightweight, plot-driven, downtown grunge novel. Primo was an enigmatic drifter, author of a pornographic novel and ex-lover of an eclectic collection of girlfriends; it seems he even had a child. Mary's own life is nothing to write home about. She's 29 years old and has been working a succession of temp jobs while making fitful attempts at finishing a collection of short stories. On Primo's trail, she stumbles into a series of new adventures. In search of one of Primo's many ex-girlfriends, she arrives at a band audition and accidentally becomes a bassist in an all-woman band, the Beautiful and the Crazy. Other forays land her dates with a toe-sucking foot fetishizer and a borderline rapist. Finally, she meets a marginally more suitable tattooed hipster while walking Primo's dog, Numb. Meanwhile, she is being wined and dined by Joey, an older man who once lived next door to her parents in New Jersey. As it happens, it is Joey, and not Primo, whose secrets will ultimately matter the most to Mary. As the coincidences mount, Mary tries to make sense of them, ultimately realizing that life is just "a series of battles and treaties." Nersesian (The Fuck-up) knows downtown Manhattan's East Village life better than most, and his characters are instantly recognizable, if somewhat cartoonish. But his tongue-in-cheek humor and uneven prose may limit the novel's readership to the slacker denizens it chronicles. (Oct.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Valberg
A darkly comic novel...it's Nersesian's love affair with lower Manhattan that sets these pages afire.
Entertainment Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671775421
Publisher:
MTV Books
Publication date:
10/28/2000
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
780,102
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Arthur Nersesian is an American novelist, playwright, and poet. He has written eight novels including The Fuck-Up, Chinese Takeout, Manhattan Loverboy, Suicide Casanova, Dogrun, and Unlubricated. He lives in New York City.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not a big fan of Nersesian, but this was one of the best books I've read so far this summer. This book is not only dark, but funny and dramatic at the same time! I'm looking foward to read more of his works.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I extremely enjoyed this novel, you can completely relate to mary. With the realistic plot, a starving lifestyle becomes idolized through the hands of nersesian. I suggest you read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Book really gave me a view of the fast-paced life in New York. Mary is a Character that every one can relate to and apply their own instinct to. Nersesian is amazing with his ability to analize situations and describe them with the perfect wording. Plus it's a book that leads you, not pushes you
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has to be Nersesian's best written piece I've read. Although I think Manhattan Loverboy is my favorite of his, this one is the most well written book he's done to date. Definitely an excellent book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All I have to say is this is a fantastic book
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although, the main plot of the story does not revolve around a normal situation, Nersesian's excellent writing ability makes the story believable. His true to life in New York diction makes you feel as though you are in the heart of 'The City', even if you are reading this book hundreds of miles away. Being a woman myself, I was very impressed by his ability to write from a woman's point of view (with the exception of the PMS remark). The book is a quick intense read. I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Each time you sit down with this book you feel as if Mary is your best friend. You really get to know her and understand who she is. As a single 28-year-old myself, this book provided a little comic relief to city life. I would recommend this to anyone looking for their path in life. Enjoy!