By Rachel Kushner
(Scribner Book Company, Paperback, 9781439142011, 383pp.)
Publication Date: January 14, 2014
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"New York" magazine's number one book of the year and named a Best Book of 2013 by "The Wall Street Journal";" Vogue;" "O, The Oprah Magazine"; "Los Angeles Times";" The San Francisco Chronicle";" The New Yorker;" "Time;" "Flavorwire;" "Salon"; "Slate"; "The Daily Beast"; "Bookish;" "The Jewish Daily Forward"; "The Austin American-Statesman";" Complex"; and "The Millions," Rachel Kushner's "The Flamethrowers" was a finalist for the National Book Award and a "New York Times "bestseller. Includes a new essay by the author, with a folio of images.
Reno, so-called because of the place of her birth, comes to New York intent on turning her fascination with motorcycles and speed into art. Her arrival coincides with an explosion of activity--artists colonize a deserted and industrial SoHo, stage actions in the East Village, blur the line between life and art. Reno is submitted to a sentimental education of sorts--by dreamers, poseurs, and raconteurs in New York and by radicals in Italy, where she goes with her lover to meet his estranged and formidable family. Ardent, vulnerable, and bold, Reno is a fiercely memorable observer, superbly realized by Rachel Kushner.
"Superb...Scintillatingly alive...A pure explosion of now."--"The New Yorker.