Better by John O'Brien

By John O'Brien

"John O'Brien was once a stunningly gifted author who created poetry from the main squalid materials."—Jay McInerney, writer of Bright lighting, sizeable City

Within the partitions of a foreboding mansion positioned within the hills overlooking l. a., the artful Double Felix performs host to an array of lovely girls in addition to his not going sidekick William. The mysterious patriarch gives you his live-in site visitors’ each want whereas asking not anything in go back. Days commence with William and Double Felix discussing their conquests with the women over morning Vodka, a ritual that's still edged in homoerotic rigidity. From there the ingesting maintains, in simple terms to be interrupted by way of a few miscellany—perhaps a rerun of The Love Boat or a few informal sex.

But the continued torpor has been disenchanted by means of the house's most modern arrival, a beautiful younger lady named Laurie, with whom either Double Felix and William turn into hopelessly smitten. Trash-talking Maggie and Zipper, the hooker who flew in on a trick and not left, smolder with envy whereas Laurie garners a growing number of awareness from the men.

As tensions spiral uncontrolled, the house—an virtually anthropomorphic entity in itself—ejects a few of its denizens whereas extra ensnaring others. finally, each one faces an analogous ultimatum: depart or remain. the choice is fraught with consequence.

Better delves deep into the psyche of its matters via an elaborate net of cultural icons, loyalty, covert communications, and intercourse. John O'Brien's characters loom out and in of a surreal global that turns out to drift excessive above the remainder of us, yet is in reality firmly tethered to the human condition.

John O'Brien used to be born in 1960 and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. He moved to l. a. in 1982 together with his then-wife Lisa. in the course of his lifetime, he used to be a busboy, dossier clerk, and occasional roaster, yet writing was once his actual calling. He devoted suicide in April 1994 at age thirty-three. His released fiction contains Leaving Las Vegas, The attack on Tony's, and Stripper Lessons.

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