Title: The Petting Zoo - New 1st Edition/1st ...
Publisher: The Viking Press, New York
Publication Date: 2010
Book Condition: New
Dust Jacket Condition: New
Edition: 1st Edition
Flawless brand new 1st Edition/1st Printing hardcover of Jim Carroll's last novel. "In the monastic seclusion of his room, Jim Carroll, with a prescience of his own mortality, reached out and drew this novel -- his last work -- from the nucleus of his mysticism and remembered experience." -- Patti Smith. Will be bubble-wrapped to protect the corners and shipped in a sturdy box to ensure safe delivery. Bookseller Inventory # ABH300
Synopsis: A moving, vividly rendered novel from the late author of The Basketball Diaries.
When poet, musician, and diarist Jim Carroll died in September 2009, he was putting the finishing touches on a potent work of fiction. The Petting Zoo tells the story of Billy Wolfram, an enigmatic thirty- eight-year-old artist who has become a hot star in the late-1980s New York art scene. As the novel opens, Billy, after viewing a show of Velázquez paintings, is so humbled and awed by their spiritual power that he suffers an emotional breakdown and withdraws to his Chelsea loft. In seclusion, Billy searches for the divine spark in his own work and life. Carroll's novel moves back and forth in time to present emblematic moments from Billy's life (his Irish Catholic upbringing, his teenage escapades, his evolution as an artist and meteoric rise to fame) and sharply etched portraits of the characters who mattered most to him, including his childhood friend Denny MacAbee, now a famous rock musician; his mentor, the unforgettable art dealer Max Bernbaum; and one extraordinary black bird. Marked by Carroll's sharp wit, hallucinatory imagery, and street-smart style, The Petting Zoo is a frank, haunting examination of one artist's personal and professional struggles.
About the Author: Jim Carroll?s bestselling memoir The Basketball Diaries was first released in 1978 and adapted as a film in 1995. Carroll?s work includes several collections of poetry as well as a asecond memoir, Forces Entries: The Downtown Diaries 1971-1973. As the leader of The Jim Carroll Band he released three albums as well as several spoken word recordings. He died in New York City on September 11, 2009.
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