If Holly Golightly lived in the ’80s, how far would she go to make a name for herself as Manhattan’s artist du jour? We know all about Warhol, Basquiat, Keith Haring, and their fictional counterparts, but what about the edgy women artists of this time?
Jodi Plum: smart, talented, ambitious, troubled. Fresh out of her teens, she leaves suburbia for Manhattan’s glam and gritty art scene, and almost immediately falls into the clutches of Monika, a beautiful photographer. With the help of her new mentor, Jodi quickly becomes a rising star—but when a skeleton from her past surfaces, her dream life crashes to a halt, and she slips into a world of parties, drugs, and high-class prostitution.
Set in the crime-plagued New York City of the 1980s, Beautiful Garbage parallels an artist’s journey with her sexual epiphanies, exploring the notorious milieu of the decade’s downtown art scene from the point of view of a young female artist—and offering a satirical and irreverent look at post-’70s sexual politics and the world of elite call girls.
|Publisher:||She Writes Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
A Brooklyn native, Jill Di Donato writes a sex column for The Huffington Post. This is her debut novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book takes you on one hell of a ride! Di Donato's evocative prose is fast-paced, raw and, at times, profoundly emotional. The exploration and evolution of the 80s downtown art scene is meticulously detailed, providing a perfect backdrop for main character Jodi Plum's many-tiered journey through New York City and her own psyche. Jodi and her glamorous roommate, Monika, have a relationship that reminded me so much of the one Amor Towles' leading ladies share in Rules of Civility (albeit in a very different - tho no less excitingly mercurial - era). Jodi is alternately creative, critical, naive, spiteful, kind, helpless, dirty, destructive... but always clever; I loved tracking her journey to self-discovery. So impressed by this debut, and can't wait for a follow-up.