From the author of the cult classic The Fuck-Up comes a vicious new tale of art, drugs, love, and death on the Lower East Side.
Orloff Trenchant is a painter who sells books on West 4th Street in Manhattan and is obsessed with mastering his craft. Desperate for cash, Or agrees to take a commission no one else will touch: he has three weeks to carve a headstone for a recently deceased restaurateur -- a Chinese takeout box. As Or attempts to make his deadline, he navigates among a toxic mix of fellow artists, struggling gallery owners, bloodsucking art dealers, his politically active friends, and a haunting addict poet whose life is more out of control than Or's own.
Nersesian's prose is sparkling and hypnotic in this brutal and comic story that will make you wonder if life and art are two different things....Continua
Having never been to New York, but always longing to, Nersesian has an amazing way of making you feel as if you are right there with the characters in his novels. The grittiness, the coolness, the ever-buzzing city, the freedom, the abundance of great food, the lack of available cheap apartments...it's all there.
Chinese Takeout is another brilliant novel which I never wanted to put down....Continua