- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
From Barnes & NobleThe Barnes & Noble Review
Brutally realistic, unrelenting, explosive, and as utterly addictive as its title implies; Sara Gran's Dope -- a heartrending portrait of a recovering heroin junkie trying to find meaning in her life on the streets of 1950s New York City -- is one of those of those exceedingly rare literary gems that offer the reader complete immersion into another reality, in this case the seedy, drug-infested underbelly of NYC complete with hustlers, junkies, and hookers.
Josephine Flannigan's nightmarish existence finally has a glimmer of hope. After a poverty-stricken childhood in Hell's Kitchen (where, because of her drug-addicted mother's neglect, she had to practically raise her little sister herself) and decades of doing hard-core drugs and committing petty crimes, Josephine has been clean for almost two years -- and when she is approached by a wealthy couple from Westchester to help find their heroin-addicted daughter for $1,000 in cash, she immediately agrees. Josephine's search for the wayward socialite and her pimp boyfriend, however, leads her right back to people and places she never wanted to revisit -- for good reason…
Equal parts Stephen Crane's Maggie: A Girl of the Streets and Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting, this dark and disturbing noir mystery will have readers in a state of emotional turmoil until the very last page, where, in the novel's brilliantly understated final sentence, the author's message is conveyed with all the force of a sledgehammer blow between the eyes. Like the scarred-over track marks on a recovering heroin addict's skin, Gran's Dope will stay with readers long after they've finished this haunting and powerfully moving novel. Paul Goat Allen