The Royal Family by William Vollmann

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Since the publication of his first book in 1987, William T. Vollmann has established himself as one of the most fascinating and unconventional literary figures on the scene today. Named one of the twenty best writers under forty by the New Yorker in 1999, Vollmann received the best reviews of his career for The Royal Family, a searing fictional trip through a San Francisco underworld populated by prostitutes, drug addicts, and urban spiritual seekers. Part biblical allegory and part skewed postmodern crime novel, The Royal Family is a vivid and unforgettable work of fiction by one of today's most daring writers.
 

About William Vollmann

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William T. Vollman, the author of eleven books, was named one of the twenty best writers in America under forty by the New Yorker. His 1996 collection, The Atlas, won the PEN/ Center USA West Award for Fiction. His writings have appeared in the New Yorker, Esquire, Spin, Gear, Grand Street, and Outside. 
 
Published August 1, 2001 by Penguin Books. 802 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Erotica, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Vollmann weaves their voices together with the voices of the Tenderloin's other inhabitants—drunks, anonymous johns, wanderers, hustlers—creating a haunting chorus of the lost.

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Ambitious in style, in range, and in sheer volume, Vollmann's massive new novel continues the controversial projects of Whores for Gloria and Butterfly Stories, in which the prolific author aims to cr

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A private detective nursing a penchant for the seedy side of life goes out in search of the Queen of the Whores.

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A brutal businessman named Brady has hired Henry to track down the ""Queen of Whores."" Pedophile and police informant Dan Smooth finally leads Henry to the Queen, an African-American woman of indeterminate age and immense psychological insight.

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