Slow Dance on the Fault Line

Slow Dance on the Fault Line

by Donald Rawley

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Slow Dance on the Fault Line by Donald Rawley

"Rawley's writing blazes unapologetically fecund and startling, like some kind of bird of paradise from Mars. It is a literary movement in itself."
--Sandra Tsing Loh

"A vivid and memorable book about American's strangest state."
--The Mail

From seedy sun-drenched bungalows to Polo Lounge booths to opulent mansions along winding canyon drives, Donald Rawley shines a merciless light on a city perched precariously on the rim of the desert and edge of reality. In these fourteen finely crafted gems of impassioned lyricism, the author rakes his pen across the glistening ve¬neer of Los Angeles's elusive fantasy and hard-boiled glamour to expose the unvarnished, unsavory truth un¬derneath. The result is an electrifying achievement that places Rawley in the forefront of this country's new fic¬tion writers.

Whether focusing on a comedian's homicidal greed, a second-rate screenwriter pondering his lot sitting naked in a Bentley, or a valium-addicted beauty seeking grati¬fication amid a tawdry carnival sideshow, Donald Rawley relentlessly excavates LA's sun-bleached graveyard of broken hopes, shattered dreams and sordid memo¬ries. At times both sacred and profane, Slow Dance on the Fault Line shows why redemption and salvation both come at a stiff price in the City of Angels.

"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

"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)

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012292650
Publisher: Lukeman Literary
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 166 KB

About 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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