Book Reviews of Roger Fishbite

Roger Fishbite
Roger Fishbite
Author: Emily Prager
ISBN-13: 9780679410539
ISBN-10: 0679410538
Publication Date: 3/16/1999
Pages: 187
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

3 stars, based on 3 ratings
Publisher: Random House
Book Type: Hardcover
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Lucky Linderhof, a 12-year-old latter-day Lolita born of the privileged sperm club, lives in New York with her affectionate but ineffectual mother, a woman who changes her lovers as quickly as she changes her designer clothes. Abandoned by her father, Lucky seeks a symbolic replacement among her mother's boyfriends--but when the piranha lodger Roger Fishbite moves in, she ends up with a father figure who becomes a lover. Funny and surreal, Roger Fishbite has the stylistic atmosphere of Angela Carter in Disneyland for the millennium. Emily Prager's third novel develops into a satirical, nightmarish adventure, and along the way a hilarious parody of American consumerism from a child's point of view. As Fishbite drags Lucky from one seamy motel to another, her prepubescent sexual fantasies give way to the brittle survival instincts of the abused child. Prager has modernized Nabokov's original by giving her child heroine a voice:
Was I in love with Fishbite? Sometimes, when the light hit his shoulder blade in a certain way, or he made a game of chasing me down one of the empty corridors or at a mall when he was paying at the register, I could forget the iniquity and a wave of warmth would rush over me and I'd have to kiss him.... But that was apart from the sex, you see, which was in a box somewhere off by itself.
Lucky is as sassy as "Fishy" is disgusting, and her final revenge is a discordant symphony of mayhem and murder, her story reflecting "the real pain of moral children forced to live under morally indifferent grown-ups."

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This book was a different read filled with monsters, corruption, and stolen innocence. The story is told from the point of view of a 13 year old girl, named Lucky and how her wish to be loved is taken and twisted by Roger Fishbite. The story was well written but on the short side. I wanted to know more, how did things go for Lucky 5 years from the book ending? 10 years? Definitely a book that leaves you thinking...