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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:
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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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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