Hot Pink [NOOK Book]

Overview

Adam Levin’s debut novel The Instructions was one of the most buzzed-about books of 2010, a sprawling universe of “death-defying sentences, manic wit, exciting provocations and simple human warmth” (Rolling Stone).

Now, in the stories of Hot Pink, Levin delivers ten smaller worlds, shaken snow-globes of overweight romantics, legless prodigies, quixotic dollmakers, Chicagoland thugs, dirty old men, protective fathers, balloon-laden dumptrucks, ...
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Hot Pink

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Overview

Adam Levin’s debut novel The Instructions was one of the most buzzed-about books of 2010, a sprawling universe of “death-defying sentences, manic wit, exciting provocations and simple human warmth” (Rolling Stone).

Now, in the stories of Hot Pink, Levin delivers ten smaller worlds, shaken snow-globes of overweight romantics, legless prodigies, quixotic dollmakers, Chicagoland thugs, dirty old men, protective fathers, balloon-laden dumptrucks, and walls that ooze gels. Told with lust and affection, karate and tenderness, slapstickery, ferocity, and heart, Hot Pink is the work of a major talent in his sharpest form.
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Editorial Reviews

Peter Orner
Adam Levin's new story collection…is about how love—family love, romantic love, love between friends—turns us into people we never thought we'd become. Today you're one person, tomorrow—enter love, and all bets are off. You could turn out to be anybody. Levin is especially adept at capturing the way we sometimes change against our will…even in the lesser stories, there's an exuberance here that is absent from safer and too often soulless collections. Life in Hot Pink is raw, messy, yet replete with moments of awkward grace.
—The New York Times Book Review
Publishers Weekly
Readers put off by the enormity of Levin's debut novel, The Instructions (which clocks in at over 1,000 pages), can rest easy—this hilarious, tenderly wrought story collection dazzles without the commitment. In the hands of a lesser writer, Levin's vaudevillian cast of characters—like the legless lesbian prodigy of "Considering the Bittersweet End of Susan Falls" or the titular young woman of "Jane Tell" who enjoys being punched by strangers—may have come across as pat and sensationalistic. But Levin is interested in how language shapes and limits reality, and he deftly uses his ear for voice to elaborate on these ideas. He also possesses a logician's dexterity when it comes to plotting, nimbly anchoring his linguistic concerns to surprising story arcs. In "Scientific American," a financial trader grows increasingly obsessed with determining the reason behind his bedroom wall oozing gel, and in the title story, a self-described Ukrainian "meathead" sees subtext in everything, but laments his inability to gauge words correctly when it matters: "Like hot pink? For years I thought it was regular pink that looked sexy on whoever was wearing it." Despite the encumbering instruction-manual frame of "How to Play The Guy," Levin's newest cements his position as a writer with the daring and talent to push the boundaries of short fiction. (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936365968
  • Publisher: McSweeney's Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/13/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 434,581
  • File size: 368 KB

Meet the Author

Adam Levin is the author of The Instructions, a finalist for the 2010 National Jewish Book Award in Fiction. His stories have appeared in Tin House, McSweeney's, and Esquire. Winner of the 2003 Summer Literary Seminars Fiction Contest and the 2004 Joyce Carol Oates Fiction Prize, he lives in Chicago, where he teaches Creative Writing at the School of the Art Institute.
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  • Posted March 11, 2012

    pulsates like flexing muscles

    Levin's fiction pulsates like flexing muscles. There is a brutal edge to a lot of his writing, though there can also be delicate emotion, that seems to perfectly voice the time in which we are currently living. Sometimes bizarre, these stories are always interesting and prove for me beyond any doubt that Levin's unique voice in "The Instructions" was in no way a fluke but instead heralded the arrival of an important modern writer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2013

    George

    I unclothe both of us and fu.ck ur a.ss really hard with my 20 inch di.ck!

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