Book Reviews of 80: A Novel

80: A Novel
80 A Novel
Author: Whit Johnston
ISBN-13: 9780786713981
ISBN-10: 0786713984
Publication Date: 8/10/2004
Pages: 224
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Publisher: Carroll Graf
Book Type: Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
A sly and often funny remembrance of things past, this slim novel takes the form of a diary kept by M.L., a 28-year-old photographer living in Soho in the year 1980, back when Tama Janowitz's slaves of New York were just beginning to appear in downtown Manhattan, and the cityand countrywas in the midst of a tumultuous time that saw the entrance of a president (Ronald Reagan, elected in November) and the exit of a legend (John Lennon, assassinated in December). On this level the novel works well. M.L.'s bright voicethink of her as Edie Sedgwick by way of Holly Golightlydocuments the year's novelties, ranging from a wild punk rock performance by the Plasmatics to the emergence of the Walkman. There's also a halfhearted attempt to show what romance in Manhattan was like two decades before Sex and the CityM.L. starts keeping her diary after she's abandoned by a loverbut the novel never delves deep into M.L.'s inner life. When she abruptly "disappears" at the too-convenient ending, readers will feel caught up short. However, this wry novel and its irrepressible narrator manage to rise above any missteps and deliver more than a few laughs and insights.
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Kirkus Reviews
"Charming short debut about a girl photog in Manhattan in 1980.... Clear candid shots that suck you in."
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The ending sucked.
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Awesome book, great characters