Candy by Luke Davies
A Novel of Love and Addiction

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"Candy is beside me, drenched in sweat. She's breathing gently, long slow breaths. I imagine her soul going in and out: wanting to leave, wanting to come back, wanting to leave, wanting to come back. The day will soon harden into what we need to do. But for now we have each other. . . ."

He met Candy amid a lush Sydney summer. Gorgeous, sexy, free-spirited Candy. They fell in love fast, lots of laughter and lust, the days melting warmly into each other. He never planned to give her a habit. But she wanted a taste. And wasn't love, after all, about sharing lives? Candy had a bit of money and in the beginning, everything was beautiful. Heady, heroin-hazed days, the world open and inviting. But when the money ran out, the craving remained, and the days ceased their luxurious stretch.

But there was still love. Only now, it was a threesome. Heroin had its own demands, its own timetable, and thoughts of nabbing the next fix hurled them into each day. Then, when desperation sets in, Candy will stop at nothing to secure a blast, as she and her lover become hostage to the nightmarish world of addiction.

Painful, sexy, tender, and charged with dark humor, Candy provocatively charts the daily rituals of two lovers maintaining a long-term junk habit. Told in stunningly vivid prose and set against the backdrop of suburban and urban Australia, Candy is both an electrifying and frightening glimpse of contemporary life and love.

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About Luke Davies

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Luke Davies was born in Sydney in 1962. He has worked variously as a truck driver, teacher, and journalist. His collection of poetry Absolute Event Horizon was shortlisted for the 1995 Turnbull Fox Phillips poetry prize.
Published November 17, 2010 by Ballantine Books. 310 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Painstaking withdrawal, though, coupled with relocation to a ramshackle farmhouse, fatally strains the relationship, and while the narrator has a fling with an 18-year-old, Candy suffers a nervous breakdown.

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Since Trainspotting, heroin chic has certainly put down literary roots--sometimes it seems that you can't be a hip writer unless you know your way around a needle. Perhaps none has chronicled the mech

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The filmmakers string together so many keen observations about the druggie life—like Ledger noting that "for every 10 years you've been a junkie, you'll have spent seven of them waiting," and Cornish flipping out when her mother complains that she can't whip cream properly—it's too bad that the s...

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The Sydney Morning Herald

Early on in Candy, a beautiful, sad and harrowing Australian film about two heroin addicts in love, Abbie Cornish and Heath Ledger are drinking shakes at a fast-food place.

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Monsters and Critics

This story is a narration from an Australian man who falls in love with two kinds of Candy: a woman of the same name and heroin.

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Monsters and Critics

"Candy" is the story of boy is Dan (Heath Ledger), a poet and dedicated addict, who becomes ensnared by two Candies, the girl Candy (Abbie Cornish), a young naïve painter, and the other Candy, Heroin.

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