"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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