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Carnival desires
Lindquist, Mark, 1959-
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New York, N.Y. : Atlantic Monthly Press, [1990]

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Mark Lindquist is the author of the novels "Sad Movies" & "Carnival Desires". He was born & raised in Seattle, where he is currently a deputy prosecutor with the Pierce County Special Assault Unit.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

As one character in Lindquist's ( Sad Movies ) second novel remarks about himself and his sidekicks, ``Self-destruction is a national passion. And, hey, it's something we're good at.'' The lives and loves of a rich, young film-industry coterie in Los Angeles fill this mostly banal cross between The Big Chill and Bright Lights, Big City . Following the funeral of a suicidal friend who apparently suffered from a more severe case of boredom than their own, the crowd--Mona, Merri, Willie, Bick et al.--throws a party, then another and another. We watch as they make messes of themselves and vow reform; drugs, drinking, driving and name-brand cigarettes populate brief chapters, with time-outs for impersonal sex. The protagonist is 28-year-old screenwriter Bick, who breaks his pledge to retire from the fast lane when a high-paying rewrite job leads to an affair with a beautiful, self-destructive actress. The affair sours, Bick decides to leave L.A.--and returns the very next day to the comfy profligacy of his cronies. Lindquist's hip, lean dialogue and litany of dutiful debaucheries amuses, along with flashes of behind-the-scenes Hollywood. But the novel, like its 20-something cast, floats on surface ennui. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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