LONGLISTED FOR THE 2016 CENTER FOR FICTION FIRST NOVEL PRIZE One town. Three people. A single year that will change them all forever. Welcome to the chaotic, seductive, unpredictable world of 1980s, downtown New York Raul is an Argentinian painter, fresh on New York's downtown scene, about to explode into fame. James is the city's most notorious critic, known for his unique synaesthesia, his mind ablaze with fireworks and symphonies. And Lucy is just another young girl who escaped suburbia, all too easily dazzled by the brilliant strangers who cross her path. Exploding with colour and raw energy, this electrifying debut captures the spirit of a New York now long gone, a place of creation and destruction and endless possibility.
Publisher's description. Three lives collide in 1980s downtown New York: Argentinian painter Raul, infamous art critic James, and daisy-fresh young wanderer Lucy, a muse looking for her artist. This is a love letter to New York and the people who embodied the city's vital, messy, living spirit. Penguin A work of artistry... Inventive, shocking, authentic, frenetic, fresh. I held my breath the whole way. New York Times A love letter to a vanished New York Vogue Vivid and sensitive, [with] exuberance and heart Vulture Intoxicating and raw... [it] pulses with creative energy People Magazine Tuesday Nights In 1980 shakes with life and colour... Original and full of life. Emerald Street A beautifully written story of creation and transformation, set against a backdrop of urban decay and political violence. I loved this book -- Daniel Alarcon, author of 'Lost City Radio' Prentiss has imagination and humour... Spirited and delightful Guardian Soulful, ambitious and deeply felt. A first work of fiction to marvel at and then savor. This is a serious young writer in full command of her craft -- Tom Barbash, author of 'Stay Up With Me'