Lush Life by Richard Price
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So, what do you do?" Whenever people asked him, Eric Cash used to have a dozen answers. Artist, actor, screenwriter . . . But now he's thirty-five years old and he's still living on the Lower East Side, still in the restaurant business, still serving the people he wanted to be. What does Eric do? He manages. Not like Ike Marcus. Ike was young, good-looking, people liked him. Ask him what he did, he wouldn't say tending bar. He was going places--until two street kids stepped up to him and Eric one night and pulled a gun. At least, that's Eric's version.

In Lush Life, Richard Price tears the shiny veneer off the "new" New York to show us the hidden cracks, the underground networks of control and violence beneath the glamour. Lush Life is an Xray of the street in the age of no broken windows and "quality of life" squads, from a writer whose "tough, gritty brand of social realism . . . reads like a movie in prose" (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times).

 

About Richard Price

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Richard Price is the author of seven novels, including Clockers, Freedomland, and Samaritan. He won a 2007 Edgar Award for his writing on the HBO series The Wire.
 
Published March 4, 2008 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 484 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Self Help, Parenting & Relationships. Fiction

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Richard Price’s “Lush Life” is interpreted, chapter by chapter, in a nine-gallery show.

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It is a novel that unfolds slowly to show the collision of cultures — between cops and civilians, aspiring artists, blue-collar wage slaves and homeboys from the housing projects — that exists in this “Candyland of a neighborhood,” even as it delineates the ambitions and resentments and famil...

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No matter how shiny and safe a city gets, no matter how high its housing prices climb, how fast its crime rates fall and how many of its corner stores are turned into buzz-before-entering boutiques dedicated to clothing the “urban baby” or are replaced by franchised coffee shops with WiFi hot spo...

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The Guardian

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Lush Life is an ambitious, wide-ranging, meticulously plotted and - at points - brilliant novel.

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The Guardian

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Lush Life by Richard Price Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop Price's superb novel doesn't directly describe the shooting that ends Ike ...

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Instead he offers the rejoinder (a great movie line, no surprise): “Not tonight, my man.” These prove to be his last words, and in the aftermath of the shooting, everybody gets involved — reporters, police department brass, family, friends, bystanders and every resident, it seems, within a two b...

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AV Club

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A rare breed among crime novelists, Richard Price (Clockers) has always been more interested in people and places than plot, though he's a master at all three.

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Entertainment Weekly

Ike's other companion, Eric Cash (aspiring screenwriter), claims that Ike was mugged and killed by a couple of young men: ''Black and/or Hispanic, one guy a little lighter than the other, but I don't know for sure.'' His story changes by the minute, and when two eyewitnesses finger him for the sh...

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Open Letters Monthly

If, to the pure-minded, the approach seems so pragmatic as to be antithetical to artistry (the pure-minded might forget such things as mortgages and car insurance, but bill collectors never do), it finds some justification in the work of Richard Price, who, perhaps more successfully than any curr...

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About.com Bestsellers

Just the truth of how people speak and act towards each other in a place where bodies rise and fall in a city that never rests its crime and success, death and resurrection.Pros'Lush Life' feels like something you could research in old newspapers and discover is truePrice reveals all his characte...

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Bookmarks Magazine

Carole Goldberg New York Times 4.5 of 5 Stars "Mr. Price puts his myriad gifts together to create his most powerful and galvanic work yet, a novel that showcases his sympathy and his street cred and all his skills as a novelist and screenwriter: his gritty-lyrical prose, his cinematic sense ...

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Oprah.com

It's not just Price's much admired mastery of street language that grabs you (he also writes for HBO's The Wire, which feels Elizabethan in its creation of vivid contemporary language) but also his emotional reach, what you might call his heart: the careful revelation of detail that shows us, fin...

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Esquire

He knows how crime sounds and smells, and he knows that it’s all tied up in race and class, two big subjects all too rare in American fiction.

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New York Magazine

in front of each Aeron an inch-thick dossier, lists of major characters, themes, frags of description, more themes, page refs, key passages, color-coded maps, little bio of Richard Price: Bronx public-housing kid who made it big in movies (The Color of Money) and literature (Clockers) and TV (The...

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Marie Claire

It's cops, robbers, and hipsters in the hood, as the book club takes on the urban crime novel Lush Life, by Richard Price.

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