Unlubricated by Arthur Nersesian
A Novel

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A Fierce and Hysterical Tale
Of Self-Destruction On
The Road to Being Discovered

Hannah is a struggling actress living in New York's Tribeca, and like any young thesp she is bent on success: finding paying jobs that offer good material, not just mindless roles for eager and nubile bodies. When she comes across a lost play by a dead 1980s icon -- brilliantly written, with the perfect role that will display her acting chops -- she thinks she's hit the jackpot.

But when she becomes the play's de facto producer and lands a gig on an indie film, she's forced to deal with the nonstop whirlwind of backstage maneuverings and outrageous personalities ... and with the fact that she witnessed the falling of the Twin Towers from blocks away. When Hannah loses her coveted role to an old rival, she learns a shocking truth that could bring her whole world tumbling down.

Dynamic and moving, with trademark Nersesian moments of cutting humor and truth, Unlubricated is a tale of down-and-dirty off-Broadway New York theatre, sex, love, and life in the wake of September 11.

 

About Arthur Nersesian

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Arthur Nersesian's other novels include The Fuck-Up, Man Arthur Nersesian's other novels include The Fuck-Up, Manhattan Loverboy, Dogrun, and Suicide Casanova. He has also whattan Loverboy, Dogrun, and Suicide Casanova. He has also written three books of poems and one book of plays. Nersesianritten three books of poems and one book of plays. Nersesian was the managing editor of the literary magazine "The Porta was the managing editor of the literary magazine "The Portable Lower East Side" and was an English teacher at Hostos Coble Lower East Side" and was an English teacher at Hostos Community College (C.U.N.Y.) in the South Bronx. He was born ammunity College (C.U.N.Y.) in the South Bronx. He was born and raised in New York City. nd raised in New York City.
 
Published September 28, 2004 by Harper Perennial. 384 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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But when an old Yale classmate tells her he’s secured the production rights for a long-lost play by feminist cult icon Lily Bull (read: Valerie Solanas), Hannah takes the bull by the horns and scrapes up the cash to mount the production.

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Nersesian's post-apocalyptic prose captures the mood of that time, as well as the frenetic vigilance of the almost famous -- the jittery dance of message checking, subway riding, apartment juggling and temping that actors perform to keep from being, as Hannah says of a colleague, ''permanently st...

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Perennial , $12.95 paper (384p) ISBN 0-06-073411-6With a title like Unlubricated and an epigram by radical feminist Valerie Solanas ("Eliminate men and women will shape up"), Nersesian (Chinese Takeout , etc.) foregrounds his countercultural chops in his latest chronicle of lower Manhattan's dem...

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