This is a thrilling combination of being highly topical in today's love-obsessed, highly sexualised environment and a deeply personal account laying bare a new, dark addiction beyond drink and drugs. A beautifully written, a moving and spare tale.Go West Young F*cked-Up Kid was a Los Angeles Times bestseller and and received a huge amount of praise from the likes of Jonathan Lethem Aimee Bender and Joy Nicholson.Publishing in conjuction with Bloomsbury USA, with joint campaigns to launch this exciting author
Rachel Resnick's first book, Go West Young F*cked-Up Chick was an Los Angeles Times bestseller. She has published articles, essays, and celebrity profile stories nationally, and is a contributing editor at Tin House magazine. Her essays have been included in numerous collections such as Damage Control and The Dictionary of Failed Relationships. She currently teaches on UCLA's Extension Writers' Program.
Everyone makes mistakes in love, but thirtysomething LA-based writer Resnick (Go West Young F*cked-Up Chick) seems to screw up over and over again, even though she longs for a stable relationship and a child. As her memoir attests, this "love junkie" latches onto angry, emotionally abusive men damaged in childhood, not letting go until she's been horribly degraded. Readers get all the lurid details, in Technicolor, via overwrought descriptions that often resemble low-budget porno narratives. At least she's taken steps toward recovery (she claims she picked up her bad habits from her divorced parents). While this could have been helpful to other love and sex addicts, it seems aimed at the voyeuristic.-EB Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
'Raw memoir of sex and romance and addiction ... To describe this book as soul-baring is to undersell its bloodied candour ... this cocktail of obsession, scattershot humour and self-excoriating insights is also readable enough that you don't realise how jading it is until you put it down' Hephzibah Anderson, Observer 'Love Junkie is so alive, it reads as though Rachel Resnick sliced open her heart, dipped in her pen, and chronicled her life of carnal and romantic madness in an ambulance with a bed in it. The result is a memoir of flesh and redemption, told with scorching intensity and clear-eyed, universal truth ... a fearless, nasty, affectionate, weirdly spiritual, sex-soaked, smart and un-putdownable Valentine from hell' Jerry Stahl, author of Permanent Midnight, Perv and I, Fatty 'Reading Love Junkie is like watching a sleepwalker taking a stroll on a freeway. All you can do is pray. Gorgeously written, piercingly honest' Janet Fitch, author of White Oleander 'Gripping' William Leith, Evening Standard
In her raw account of love gone wrong, L.A. journalist Resnick (Go West Young F*cked-Up Chick) describes her descent into self-debasement. Resnick's lifelong attraction to unsuitable men--unavailable, abusive and emotionally damaged--hit a perilous stage by the time she reached her early 40s and her last boyfriend, Spencer, who had seemed the "perfect victim to make [her] dreams come true," broke into her house and wrecked her computer. Alternating with her litany of awful relationships--from the scarily egotistical ex-con painter Eddie to the various men who refused to have a baby with her--Resnick delineates her appalling, loveless childhood and the neglect by her hard-drinking mother, who lost custody of her and her younger brother when Resnick was 12. Subsequently, the teenager bounced around foster homes because she was not welcome in the new household of her father, remarried to an Orthodox Jew with four new children of his own. Resnick's memoir is a desperate, self-excoriating attempt to break the victim cycle first taught to her expertly by her mother, "the original love junkie"; engender a tenderness for her rather indifferent father; and mend the estrangement from her brother. Most important in terms of survival in this painfully honest memoir, Resnick found the wherewithal through a support group to heal and reground herself. (Dec.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.