Generation Loss

Generation Loss

A Novel

Book - 2007
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Cass, a photographer who made a name for herself in the seventies, now finds herself adrift when someone sends her on a mercy gig where she stumbles across an old mystery that is still claiming victims.

Blackwell North Amer
Cass Neary made her name in the '70s as a photographer embedded in the burgeoning punk movement in New York City. Her pictures of the musicians and the hangers-on, the infamous, the damned, and the dead, got her into art galleries and a book deal.
Thirty years later she is adrift, on her way down, and almost out when an old acquaintance sends her on a mercy gig to interview a famously reclusive photographer who lives on an island in Maine.
When she arrives Downeast, Cass stumbles across a decades-old mystery which is still claiming victims, and into one final shot at redemption.

Publisher: Northampton, Mass. : Small Beer Press, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
Description: 265 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9781931520218
1931520216
Branch Call Number: Hand

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bwrogers
Dec 14, 2017

Admission: I'm biased because my first exposure to Hand was by a less well-known but I think superior book, "Waking the Moon". Nonetheless, this was an enjoyable ride and clearly a sign of her evolving style. Here, she writes in pseudo-autobiographical detail about a drop-out aging punk whose depression and addiction keep her from dying but also from living. As always, Hand excels with pungent prose, her descriptions often dripping from the page in their sensory impact. Her setting is as stark as her prose isn't. It's hard not to notice that her description of place here overwhelms her story, which plods slowly along for the vast majority of the story. The last act was vintage Hand: brutal, horrific, mystical, and deeply twisted. I just wish she has infused the rest of the novel with the same animation.

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shortrach
Oct 27, 2015

Compelling. If I had known more about this at the outset I would have passed: I consider both self-destructive artists and children in danger to be writing crutches. But I picked it up because of my admiration of Hand's writing, and found it excellent.

Diell Mar 21, 2014

Scary Neary, yup that's apt. This ride is more than a little disturbing, grim. No one to like here, like hanging on to a train wreck and it's carrying dangerous goods. For more Scary Neary you now need to read Available Dark. No, actually you must read Available Dark.

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csut2
Jan 04, 2014

Cfl #1 book 2013

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uncommonreader
Sep 22, 2013

This book precedes "Available Dark", which covers some of the same background information. In this thriller, Cassandra travels to an island off the coast of Maine to interview a reclusive and iconic but minor photographer and uncovers secrets and mysteries from the past. The comments on photography are interesting. The first two-thirds of the book is rather slow moving and full of menace; the last third moves quickly and erupts into violence, some a little unbelievable.

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rabbiejones
Mar 07, 2012

fast paced and unexpectedly thrilling. i really like this author and her ability to create unusual female characters. the ideas and themes in this book are very unique and make it an enjoyable read.

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