Lush Life

Lush Life

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Baker & Taylor
Still living on the Lower East Side and waiting tables in a restaurant, thirty-five-year-old Eric Cash has every reason in the world to be jealous of Ike Marcus, a handsome, well-liked, ambitious young man on the way to the top, until he is supposedly gunned down by two street thugs while walking one night with Eric. By the author of Clockers.

McMillan Palgrave
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).


Blackwell North Amer
A tale of two lower east sides: one a high-priced bohemia, the other a home to hardship, its residents pushed to the edges of their time-honored turf.
It's 2003, and after eight years downtown, Eric Cash is falling further and further behind in his plans to become an actor. Or a writer. Or a restaurateur. To become anything but what he is - the oldest employee at Cafe Berkmann. So if the new bartender pissed him off, who could blame him? Ike Marcus has confidence. He had hustle. Most of all, in a neighborhood where thirty is the new fifty, Ike was young. Then one evening a street kid from the "other" Lower East Side stepped up to them and pulled a gun. Ike's last words were "Not tonight, my man."
At least, that's Eric's version.

Baker
& Taylor

Still living on the Lower East Side and waiting tables, thirty-five-year-old Eric Cash has every reason to be jealous of Ike Marcus, an ambitious young man on the way to the top, until he is supposedly gunned down by street thugs while walking one night with Eric.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374299255
0374299250
Branch Call Number: FICTION PRICE
Characteristics: 455 p. ; 24 cm

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10000mefest
Apr 05, 2017

I read this book in 2009. This is a review I wrote on it at the time.

I heard about this book on NPR. Comments on the radio during an interview with the author included discussion about his amazing "voice" in the book. This included his grasp of New York ghetto slang as well as "cop speak". This intrigued me as a writer. Richard Price had experience living in New York ghettos and he researched the book by riding around with cops, etc.
After reading the book I also was struck by the detail and dialogue. I enjoy writing dialogue and I agree, that Price is very good.

All in all, this isn't my usual cup of tea..., New York crime stories, etc. But this book was very engaging. I don't see why it wouldn't make a good movie---there is a lot of "meat" to work with here for a project like that.

*Recommended!

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Stalebread
Sep 24, 2015

Got a bit tedious in the last third. Caught myself skimming just to finish it.

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missbaseball
Dec 12, 2013

Richard Price has a habit of looking at the not so pretty side of life. He's such a good writer you don't mind too much.

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toby65
Sep 22, 2012

Beautiful. 5 stars.

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uncommonreader
Jul 27, 2012

Wonderful. Read if only for the dialogue.

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