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Toxicology: A Novel [Paperback]

Jessica Hagedorn

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Book Description

March 27 2012

"Highly entertaining...[Hagedorn] is an exceptional storyteller."
-The Boston Globe

Jessica Hagedorn's ferociously entertaining new novel centers on two women who are neighbors in Manhattan's West Village: Mimi Smith, a filmmaker whose only screen credit is a notorious low-budget slasher movie, and Eleanor Delacroix, a legendary, scandalous literary figure now nearing eighty. Their personal and artistic lives begin to converge in unexpected ways as Eleanor grieves over the death of her longtime lover, the renowned painter Yvonne Wilder, and as Mimi confronts the challenges presented by the mysterious disappearance of her boyfriend, by her newly sober if still somewhat loopy brother, and by her wayward teenage daughter. Toxicology is a fearless, playful, and savagely funny novel about the collision of art, fame, money, love, desire, and mortality.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (March 27 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143120522
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143120520
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 14 x 1.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 200 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,871,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jessica Hagedorn is the author of the novels Dogeaters and The Gangster of Love, Dream Jungle, and a collection of poetry and short fiction, Danger and Beauty.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Toxicology by Jessica Hagedorn June 12 2011
By Barbara Swan - Published on
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"Toxicology" is a masterpiece. Hagedorn creates fresh characters that are raunchy, funny and ultimately heartbreaking. She's the master of form, suspense and knows how to nail a detail. If you haven't read Hagedorn's earlier books, start with "Toxicology" and work backwards. She's at the peak of her skills, so buy this book. You'll love it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mysterious and Powerful June 9 2013
By Crumbles Delorean - Published on
Jessica Hagedorn brings New York City to life in the novel TOXICOLOGY. The characters are so alive and real. Interesting people who are not easy to classify. This is easily one of the best books she has written. To see a writer at the top of her game is a pleasure. This is a novel only a true lover of NYC could write. The book is a combination commentary on life in the first half of the twenty first century, the nature of celebrity, a rumination of the meaning of passion for life, art, love, and the dream of making it in the big city.

If I had to assemble a reading list for someone who had never been to New York City, I would put this book on the list. The main story and subplots are woven together and there is no fat, no excess. Just pure story and the need to turn the page.

Sometimes I am walking down the street and I think I catch a glimpse of Mimi or Eleanor. There are pockets of the city that burn bright in this novel. Pick up the book and get lost in this world.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Jan. 8 2014
By Sunrise Susie - Published on
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Depressed characters leading depressing lives. Plus, confusing disjointed structure. How did this book get published? Take a pass. Wish I HAD.
1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing March 20 2013
By D. Bertola - Published on
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I thought this a terrible effort. Saw no value in it; can't figure out why the author chose to write this book. What did she want to accomplish?

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