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Fogtown : a novel
Plate, Peter.
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A Seven Stories Press first edition.
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New York : Seven Stories Press, [2004]

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161 pages ; 22 cm
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Peter Plate's latest novel depicts hell as the underbelly of contemporary San Francisco. One foggy day there brings together bloody ghosts, a dandyish thug, capricious cops, a suicidal punk rocker, a hyper-literate slumlord, and a sweet old lady sent by God to hand out cash from a hijacked armoured car. In Fogtown, Peter Plate uses a loving hand to carve his characters out of hallucination, perversity and tenacity. Fogtown describes an age unmistakeably built on the twentieth century of Nelson Algren and Charles Bukowski.

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Peter Plate taught himself to write fiction during eight years spent living in abandoned buildings. He is the author of six previous novels: "Black Wheel of Anger" (1990), "Darkness Throws Down the Sun" (1991), "The Romance of the American Living Room" (1993), "One Foot Off the Gutter" (1995), "Snitch Factory" (1997), & "Police & Thieves" (Seven Stories Press, 1999). At spoken word performances, Plate has been known to speak his novels from memory. He lives in San Francisco.

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A former squatter turned novelist takes a close look at San Francisco's seamy side as its maladjusted denizens careen against each other over the course of a single strange and magical day. When an armored Brink's truck is wrecked in front of the squalid Allen Hotel, an old woman finds herself an unexpected (and illegal) millionaire. Instructed by God to dole out the cash as proof of divine love, she meets up with drug dealers, losers, stoners and miscreants, all wheeling and dealing in a neighborhood where redemption doesn't come easy. Peter Plate (Police and Thieves; Angels of Catastrophe) paints another poetically gritty Bay City tale in Fogtown. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved