The Story of Junk
A NovelWitty, terrifying, and utterly cool, Yablonsky’s roman à clef is a searing, hyperreal account of the heroin underground in 1980s Manhattan
Told with dark humor and unremitting honesty, Linda Yablonsky’s riveting first novel explores the New York art and postpunk music world of the early 1980s from deep within. Set in motion by the appearance of a federal agent, the tale follows two women on a dangerous and seductive journey through a bohemia where hard drugs, extreme behavior, intense friendships, and the emergence of AIDS profoundly alter their lives.
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“[The Story of Junk] is a fascinating account—sometimes joyful, sometimes harrowing, always brimming with love—of life at the edge of one’s soul, and it’s told with talent and remarkable empathy.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Yablonsky’s rendering of the drug scene on the Lower East Side is almost surreal in its nihilistic intensity, and her descriptions of the euphoria heroin grants, ‘a sublime nausea, . . . a leap beyond fate, a divine embrace,’ are at once terrifying and seductive. An unsparing yet witty and tender novel with an unmistakable aura of truth.” —Booklist
“Like a grisly car accident that you can’t tear your eyes from, Yablonsky’s gripping [novel] . . . tells an unglamorous, yet oddly seductive, tale that is by turns charming and horrifying. . . . Highly recommended.” —Library Journal
About the author
Since publishing her acclaimed first novel, The Story of Junk, in 1997, Linda Yablonsky has enthralled readers with her globetrotting reports from the front lines of the contemporary art world. Her byline has appeared in Artforum and T: The New York Times Style Magazine online and in print, as well as in the New York Times, the Art Newspaper, W, Elle, and Wallpaper, among many others. From 1991 to 1999 Yablonsky organized and hosted Nightlight Readings and Nightlight for Kids, innovative writers-in-performance series that introduced new work by more than two hundred authors to a broad audience in New York, where she lives.