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The protagonist, Duncan Delaney, is a young artist who would rather sell Old West scenes painted on black velvet featuring his best friend (and certified hell-raiser) Benjamin Lonetree on the side of the Interstate than run his family's ranch. A meeting with an agent on the way home to LA (Los Angeles, not Louisiana) gives Benjamin a new love interest and Duncan his ticket to both personal salvation and ruin; the art world is ready for a "rustic revolution" and Duncan has the eye to lead it. But is a 21-year old artist who has yet to come to terms with the circumstances under which his father died years ago ready for the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles? And is living across the street from a strip club with access to strippers-with-secrets, bouncers, and lesbian bikers REALLY the best way to acclimatize himself to his new surroundings with his mother and ex-girlfriend hot on his heels attempting his reclaimation?
Absolutely. And it makes for some great reading, too. It won't take more than a weekend to complete; definitely pick this one up.
I'm not sure why Bantam compares Haskett to Tom Robbins per se. Actually, I would compare him to Hemmingway or Chandler just as much as I would compare him to Robbins, which isn't saying there's an obvious comparison at all, really. His characters are unconventional, sure, but his writing style is simple, streamlined and almost journalistic. This, all in all, makes the book easy to zip through.
The only issue I had was with Duncan Delaney; I didn't find him a great protangonist. I didn't find his dialogue all that real, which made it difficult to keep my interest. But Benjamin Lonetree, on the other hand, is great fun and redeems Haskett's ability to characterize. His dialogue is fresh, his actions are bold, and he just outshines all the characters in the book.
It was just not at all what I thought I was buying based on it being offered by Amazon as a "lesbian" book. Sure there are lesbians in it, but the categorization of it as "lesbian" at this site has always meant to me written by lesbians, for lesbian readers *and* featuring prominent lesbian protagonists, not just side characters. Saying this is a "lesbian" book would be like saying Basic Instinct is a "lesbian" movie because the female murderer was bisexual.
So I'm not at all sure why Amazon *features* this novel on its list of books recommended to lesbian readers. That aspect of the story is about 20% of the novel; all the other novels on the Amazon list run 80-100% about, by for and concerning lesbians.
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This was an entertaining read with fun characters. The dialogue is lively. The book has moments of humor. I would have given it 5 stars, but there were vague moments. Read morePublished on April 8 2004 by Gary Mead
I too can't understand the comparisons to Tom Robbins. This book has unconventional characters and some freaky plot points, but it is basically a tightly crafted tale in a... Read morePublished on Feb. 8 2004