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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (69 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lynne Tillman Narrator: Karen Savage Publisher: Iambik Audio Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2011 ISBN:
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The New York of Lynne Tillman's hilarious, audacious fourth novel is a boiling point of urban decay.

The East Village streets are overrun with crooked cops, drug addicts, pimps and prostitutes. Garbage piles up along the sidewalks amid the blaring soundtrack of car stereos. Confrontations are supercharged by the summer heat wave. This merciless noise has left Elizabeth Hall an insomniac. Junkies roam her building and overturn trashcans, but the mean-spirited landlord refuses to help clean or repair the decrepit conditions. Live-in boyfriend Roy is good-natured but too avoidant to soothe the sores of city life.

Though Elizabeth fights on for normalcy and sanity in this apathetic metropolis, violent fantasies threaten to push her over the edge. In vivid detail, she begins to imagine murders: those of the morons she despises, and, most obsessively, her own.

Frightening, hilarious, and wholly addictive, No Lease on Life is an avant-garde sucker-punch, a plea for humanity propelled by dark wit and unflinching honesty. Tillman's spare prose, frank, poignant and always illuminating, captures all the raving absurdity of a very bad day in America's toughest, hottest melting pot.

Cover image adapted from a photo by madabandon.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Les | 2/21/2013

    " Funny and caustic, NY in the 90s. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kio Stark | 6/16/2012

    " I really love Tillman's detachment, both the narrator and the central character are deliciously clinical here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard Chiem | 4/26/2012

    " one of my favorite novels "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 11/8/2011

    " Very dark, very funny and beautifully written book about shitty neighbors, awful landlords and the uneasy compromise of living in a New York City that doesn't exist anymore. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 5/18/2011

    " Lynne Tillman doing again what she does so well, step into a persona and never leave it to the point of consistency that borders on flatness. This book was amusing and sad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Les | 2/21/2011

    " Funny and caustic, NY in the 90s. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 9/24/2008

    " Lynne Tillman doing again what she does so well, step into a persona and never leave it to the point of consistency that borders on flatness. This book was amusing and sad. "

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About the Author
Author Lynne Tillman

Lynne Tillman is a novelist, short story writer, and cultural critic. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital Arts Writing Fellowship. Tillman is Professor/Writer-in-Residence in the Department of English at the University of Albany and teaches at the School of Visual Arts’ Art Criticism and Writing MFA Program in New York. She lives in Manhattan with bass player David Hofstra.

About the Narrator

Karen Savage has been a professional narrator since 2009. She has recorded books for such publishers as Iambik Audio, Catholic Audio Company, and Ignatius Press. She also records for Audible/ACX where she is an Audible Approved Producer. In addition, she has volunteered as a narrator on LibriVox.org since 2006. Karen is a native speaker of both English and Spanish and records in both languages.