Lush Life

Lush Life

by Richard Price
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Lush Life by Richard Price

A National Bestseller

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

Lush Life is a tale of two Lower East Sides: one a high-priced bohemia, the other a home to hardship, it's residents pushed to the edges of their time-honored turf. When a cocky young hipster is shot to death by a street kid from the "other" lower east side, the crime ripples through every stratum of the city in this brilliant and kaleidiscopic portrait of the "new" New York.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594133053
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 03/03/2009
Edition description: Large Print Edition
Pages: 752
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.90(d)

About the Author

Richard Price is the author of seven novels, including Clockers and Freedomland. He has received an Academy Award in literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and shared a 2007 Edgar® Award as a cowriter of HBO's miniseries The Wire.


New York, New York

Date of Birth:

October 12, 1949

Place of Birth:

Bronx, New York


B.A., Cornell University, 1971; M.F.A., Columbia University

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Lush Life 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
HEDI09 More than 1 year ago
Lush Life...great title! Good versus evil in the city life...murder...seeking truth....Interesting characters and lingo. Richard Price either did his homework or he grew up in the bad end of a city! I very much enjoyed the read.....Another book I enjoyed before this one that isn't anything like this except the good versus evil part...EXPLOSION IN PARIS, by L.M. Pirrung...REALLY LOVED THIS ONE...More of a woman's book....
ArchieGoodwin More than 1 year ago
Anyone who's lived in New York and moved away retains a corner of his heart for the city. I had to love this book if only because it described the lower east side where I once lived. That aside, the book is brilliant. The dialog and characters are so real that you can almost hear their voices. It's not a thriller: there are no chase scenes, just real cops and real criminals. Read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a meditation on good and evil, the sacred and the secular, and tradition versus modernity -- all dressed up as a police procedural. It is remarkable that Price is able to develop his themes, his characters, and his plot line and at the same time create a driving narrative that is so deeply involving. Many of Price's characters are so vivid that they continue to live in the reader's mind well after the book has been read. One deliberate exception is a hazy God/Satan who ultimately consigns another character to Hell (Atlantic City). Buy this book! It is a pleasure to read on any level.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
New twist on the detective genre. Great main character. Lots of good NYC flavor.
BookLover526 More than 1 year ago
This book lives up to its reviews. Plot and characters fully formed and a compelling read. The only thing I had a bit of trouble with was the cop lingo but that did not deter from my enjoyment of this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The reader knows in the first few chapters what happened. The fascinating part of this book is the effect the event has on the life of each character.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel. Richard Price takes the reader step-by-step into the multi-layered lives and circumstances of his characters.
jaime More than 1 year ago
Richard Price's Lush Life is not a 60 minute tv drama moving rapidly toward getting the bad guy. Instead it's much more real life. Read that to mean slow and plodding. To me the most likeable character is New York City and neither the good guys nor the bad guys are all knights in shining armor or Black Barts. They are all human beings with human foibles. Lush Life is too real to be escapism. This isn't some beach read or long flight read. But for real urban nitty gritty you can't do better than this. Just don't expect to be cheered up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a gripping novel. I felt like I was there with the characters as the story unfolded. Some of the descriptive terms are hauntingly beautiful even though the story is gritty. Five stars for this one.
BronxAngelReview More than 1 year ago
This is surprisingly readable for a literary novel. Maybe because I'm from a big city, but I relate the the characters, time and place. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Price doesn't control the main concepts with the same refinement as his dialogue and characterization. It's a good delivery, but it gets engulfed with unimportant situations and I went a little bit cool after about halfway.
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McCarthy92 More than 1 year ago
My first Richard Price novel was Clockers, a novel that would end up becoming one of my favorite books of all time. Lush Life is the second work of his that I read, and like his 1992 classic, Lush Life is an incredible work of fiction. Price is great at telling a great story while showing the reader how hoods, cops, and other New Yorkers live. Price created a lot of great characters but his greatest strength is his dialogue. Price is up there with the greatest writers of dialogue: Quentin Tarantino, David Mamet, George Pelecanos, the writing staff of The Wire (which Price and Pelecanos are a part of), Elmore Leonard, James Ellroy, Coen brothers, etc. Lush Life is an amazing novel and I wouldn't be surprised if I re-read it in the future.
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