Scary Kisses

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From the lost generation of Andy Warhol's New York to the cocaine-fueled runways of the top fashion houses of Paris and Milan, Scary Kisses captures the tenderness and cruelty of the beautiful people circa 1980, living behind the pages of Vogue and GQ. As a portrait of this time and this place, Scary Kisses shares a place with Bright Lights, Big City, Slaves of New York, and The Bonfire of the Vanities as a classic portrait of the seductive pull of Manhattan nightlife.

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Overview

From the lost generation of Andy Warhol's New York to the cocaine-fueled runways of the top fashion houses of Paris and Milan, Scary Kisses captures the tenderness and cruelty of the beautiful people circa 1980, living behind the pages of Vogue and GQ. As a portrait of this time and this place, Scary Kisses shares a place with Bright Lights, Big City, Slaves of New York, and The Bonfire of the Vanities as a classic portrait of the seductive pull of Manhattan nightlife.

The story centers on a menage รก trois that drifts listlessly into a spiral of cynicism and nihilistic gratification. With raw, voyeuristic detail, Brad Gooch's precise, snapshot prose re-creates a time unlike any other, and characters that flash with a stark, bright realism.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Fashion models may go to plastic surgeons, but it would take a heart surgeon to breathe some life into the narcissistic, yuppie mannequins who stumble zombie-like through this semi-pornographic romp. The prose style might be called mod-minimalist, and the trite dialogue is typeset like a film script (a hint to Hollywood?), which doesn't help matters at all. The plot could be loosely summarized as boy loses girl, boy (very briefly) gets boy, boy wins back girl from the second boy. The action hops from New York's East and West Villages to Paris and Milan, then returns to the Big Apple where Sister Ruth Theresa's psychotherapy sessions help Lucy fall back into the arms of handsome young Todd, thus saving him from a lonely, glitzy lifestyle. Short-story writer Gooch ( Jailbait ) has been a fashion model himself, yet he lacks the least bit of critical distance or humor to animate this self-styled scoop on the fast-track world of male modeling with its drugs, sex and glitter. 50,000 first printing; $50,000 ad/promo. (September)
Library Journal
This novel was a cult hit when it debuted in 1988. Todd and his girlfriend, Lucy, get sucked into the nihilistic club scene of the 1980s after Todd becomes a top model. Add into the mix a more seasoned model, a true veteran at the destructive lifestyle of disillusioned youth mated with too much money. The characters serve as a metaphor for the gluttony of the 1980s. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Todd loves Lucy, who thinks she loves Frank, who thinks Todd loves him, but Frank doesn't know how to love Lucy or Todd. They all love themselves. This is a tale of lust, ambition, and fashion modeling set in New York, Milan, and Paris. But adolescent self-involvement rendered in mawkish jargon generates no energy and delivers no payoff. The author is more interested in wardrobes than in his characters, who are mere props in this static series of sketchy scenes that read like stage directions.Leonard Kniffel, Detroit P.L.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585674268
  • Publisher: Overlook Press, The
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 270
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.14 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Brad Gooch
Brad Gooch is the author of two other novels, Zombie 00 and The Golden Age of Promiscuity, as well as City Poet: The Life and Times of Frank O'Hara, Finding the Boyfriend Within, and most recently, Godtalk. He is professor of English at William Paterson University in New Jersey and writes for Travel + Leisure, Harper's Bazaar, The New Republic, and Vanity Fair.
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