With echoes of Richard Price's Clockers, Life is Hot in Cracktown paints a realistic and disturbing picture of life on the edge in New York's drug-infested neighborhoods. It's a world of drug addicts, pimps, prostitutes, transsexuals, low-life criminals and the homeless, all caught in the deadly orbit of crack. In "Miss Lonely Has a Date Tonight, " a call girl's night on the town includes giving sexual favors to a brutal chauffeur in exchange for a few hits of crack, a client with a penchant for handcuffs and "that look in his eye, " and a final drop-off, not on her doorstep, but in the Hudson River. "School's Out" tells the story of ten-year-old Willy, living in a drug-infested hotel, begging for money for food, learning to smoke crack, being introduced to sex by a much older woman, and falling in love with Melody, a twelve-year-old prostitute who disappears. And in "Homos off Houston, " Marybeth, a transsexual, achieves a kind of grace through her commitment to her crack-addicted husband, Benny, who may or may not have AIDS. Not since Last Exit to Brooklyn has there been a book as shocking and emotionally riveting as Life is Hot in Cracktown. The landscape is dangerous and compelling, and the insight with which Giovinazzo stakes out his territory makes this an important and impressive work of original fiction.
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Published April 19, 1993
by Thunder's Mouth Press.
Literature & Fiction.