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"Rawley's style is sumptuous and baroque. He has an uncanny knack for making the bizarre beautiful and for capturing the pathos and peculiar dignity of characters who wouldn't ordinarily command respect." -- The Observer, London

"Rawley's writing blazes unapologetically fecund and startling, like some kind of bird of paradise from Mars." -- Sandra Tsing Loh, author of Depth Takes a Holiday

In thirteen dazzling and disquieting tales, Rawley exposes the broken dreams and ravaged lives of individuals who live on ...
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Tina in the Back Seat

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Overview

"Rawley's style is sumptuous and baroque. He has an uncanny knack for making the bizarre beautiful and for capturing the pathos and peculiar dignity of characters who wouldn't ordinarily command respect." -- The Observer, London

"Rawley's writing blazes unapologetically fecund and startling, like some kind of bird of paradise from Mars." -- Sandra Tsing Loh, author of Depth Takes a Holiday

In thirteen dazzling and disquieting tales, Rawley exposes the broken dreams and ravaged lives of individuals who live on the outskirts of mainstream society. A Hollywood-legend lookalike whose diminutive stature masks a huge craving for love; a career trophy wife with a gift for pleasing rich old men; a wealthy Asian matron seeking a precarious salvation through gambling; two retired hit men reminiscing about the good old days--these portraits offer a searing vision of the dark side of sun-drenched California. As poetic as it is brutal, this collection resoundingly confirms the late Donald Rawley's reputation as a peerless chronicler of the secret longing of desperate lives.

"Donald Rawley is the literary equivalent of amyl nitrate. Reading this searing talent may give you a heart attack, but you'll die with a twisted, sated smile of gratitude on your lips." -- Jerry Stahl, author of Permanent Midnight

"Donald Rawley makes myth of our contemporary lives." -- Kate Braverman
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012263322
  • Publisher: Lukeman Literary
  • Publication date: 3/2/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 99 KB

Meet the Author

The late Donald Rawley is considered one of the finest literary talents to come out of Los Angeles. He is author of the novel THE NIGHT BIRD CANTATA (Avon/Bard Books in the US and Flamingo/HarperCollins in the UK), SLOW DANCE ON THE FAULT LINE (stories) (Avon/Bard Books in the US and Flamingo/HarperCollins in the UK), TINA IN THE BACK SEAT (stories) (Avon/Bard Books), THE VIEW FROM BABYLON (essays) (Warner Books), and THE END OF MISS KIND, his final, brilliant, novella, published posthumously by Flamingo/HarperCollins in the UK. A former contributing editor at Buzz Magazine, Mr. Rawley was published in a wide array of prestigious magazines, including The New Yorker, Harpers, Story, American Short Fiction, Yellow Silk, Press and The Los Angeles Times Magazine, and twice made the “Distinguished 100” list in BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES. An award-winning poet and successful screenwriter, he also published four books of poetry and wrote three screenplays, all of which were optioned for feature film. He won a Pushcart Prize for fiction and carried endorsements from Jerry Stahl, Kate Braverman and Sandra Tsing Loh. He resided in Los Angeles and passed away in May of 1998.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2005

    A Brilliant Collection of Stories

    I usually don't enjoy short story collections, but Donald Rawley is such a masterful writer, I could not put this book down. His themes are intense, memorable, and illuminating.

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