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Simultaneously deadpan and queasily raw, Try is the story of Ziggy, the adopted teenage son of two sexually abusive fathers. He turns from both of these men to his uncle, who sells porn videos on the black market, and to his best friend, a junkie.

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Simultaneously deadpan and queasily raw, Try is the story of Ziggy, the adopted teenage son of two sexually abusive fathers. He turns from both of these men to his uncle, who sells porn videos on the black market, and to his best friend, a junkie.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Cooper's disturbing new novel, like Frisk and Closer , explores the gritty, homoerotic subculture of a nondescript California suburb while chronicling two days in the life of Ziggy, the adolescent, adopted son of two sexually abusive gay fathers. Angelically beautiful and extremely insecure, Ziggy scarcely sleeps or attends high school, but struggles to articulate his own emotional life by compiling the latest issue of his fanzine, a crude journal about sexual abuse called ``I Apologize.'' Ziggy's unlikely mentors include his uncle Ken, who produces child pornography, his friend Calhoun, an aspiring writer who has withdrawn into a heroin-induced haze, and Roger, the less violent of his two fathers, who, with Humbert Humbert-like detachment, extolls the virtues of Ziggy's anatomy. Cooper's narrative, clinical and often pornographic, rigorously refrains from moralizing. Cutting cinematically back and forth between characters, his prose is jumpy and convoluted when describing Ziggy, dazed and analytical when depicting Calhoun, drained of affect when chronicling the appalling antics of Ziggy's uncle, who spends much of the novel drugging and raping a 13-year-old heavy metal fan he has picked up somewhere. Cooper's novel is less a case study in sexual abuse, however, than a window on a nightmarish suburban world, where domestic norms are subverted to such a degree that adults are either pointedly absent or predatory pedophiles, and where stunted but angelic teenagers take solace in drugs, sexual promiscuity and punk rock. (Mar.)
Library Journal
In a nightmarish novel reminiscent of the work of William Burroughs and Bret Easton Ellis, Cooper ( Wrong , LJ 5/15/92) explores the horribly dysfunctional world of Ziggy, the adopted teenage son of two gay men. Physically and sexually abused since he was eight, Ziggy drifts through his sordid life surrounded and used by heroin addicts and pushers, his pornographic filmmaker uncle, and a distant stepfather with unfamilial desires. Yet throughout, Ziggy holds onto his humanity, partly through his unrequited love for an addicted friend. At times shocking and repulsive, made more so by Cooper's precise but detached style and no-holds-barred realism, the novel is nonetheless compelling and successful. Certainly not for all tastes but recommended for large contemporary fiction collections.-- Eric W. Johnson, Teikyo Post Univ. Lib., Waterbury, Ct.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802133380
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/1995
  • Series: Cooper, Dennis Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 988,141
  • Product dimensions: 5.49 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.57 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2012

    clunky disjointed

    Terrible book, and not in reference to the subject matter-
    The subject is crude and rough - the dialog should be equally so ~ yet it is not• The author boldly sets out into rarely ventured waters in his choice of topic - then seems to falter in telling the tale properly by censoring his narritive• It's insincere to take up the challenge of telling such a horrid tale - and then to limit your descriptions of events to general-reader standards and overuse of elipsis to force the reader to fill-in the events• it seems as though the writer lacked the courage to tell the story he promised us•
    Clunky and sparse detail in the dialog make the book sink into the quicksand of pseudo-morality• in a book that screams immorality - it's disappointingly ironic•

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2005

    What A Whack Book

    Goodness!! This book was unmistakably terrible. There were quirks about it too. Like how their always seemed to be descriptions of things that I thought got pretty annoying like sounds example: the ticking of time. How every character seemed to speak in a way that apparently did a good job at describing them as all as unintelligent nitwits. The characters are like all totally and completely driven by lust and sex, drugs and so forth. I mean come on, its one thing to have kids who are sex addicts and druggies but its a completely different thing to have that AND gay fathers banging their son (in case you didn't know that's called incest) in about every possible way know to man. You've also got another relative of the main character who just happens to be an obnoxiously fat oaf who happens to be a pedophile who just happens to score a child who he just manages to accidentally kill because he leaves a big wad of drugs laying around for him to inject into himself. Well, I think I¿ve said enough about that. All in all, if you don¿t like any of the things I mentioned above, you won¿t like this book AT ALL. PERIOD.

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