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Sway A Novel (Paperback)

Author:  Zachary Lazar
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0316113115
ISBN-13: 9780316113113
Sku: 207945008
Publish Date: 2/10/2009
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.5L x 0.75T
Pages:  255
Age Range:  NA
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A novel inspired by the histories of the Rolling Stones and the Manson family follows the experiences of a California youth whose life is influenced by a love triangle involving Keith Richards, the social movements of the 1960s, and Manson's community of followers. Reprint.Three dramatic and emblematic stories intertwine in Zachary Lazar's extraordinary new novel, SWAY--the early days of the Rolling Stones, including the romantic triangle of Brian Jones, Anita Pallenberg, and Keith Richards; the life of avant-garde filmmaker Kenneth Anger; and the community of Charles Manson and his followers. Lazar illuminates an hour in American history when rapture found its roots in idolatrous figures and led to unprovoked and inexplicable violence. Connecting all the stories in this novel is Bobby Beausoleil, a beautiful California boy who appeared in an Anger film and eventually joined the Manson "family." With great artistry, Lazar weaves scenes from these real lives together into a true but heightened reality, making superstars human, giving demons reality, and restoring mythic events to the scale of daily life.


"One hypnotic tone poem.... It is not the now-historic acts of violence that make Sway so riveting, but its vivid character portraits and decadent, muzzy atmosphere, all rendered with the heightened sensory awareness associated with drugs and paranoia. The near miniaturist precision with which he describes Keith Richards's attempts to master his guitar, Brian Jones's acid trips and Anger's obsessive desire for Beausoleil bring this large-scale tableau into stunning relief." --Liz Brown, Time Out New YorkA novel inspired by the histories of the Rolling Stones and the Manson family follows the experiences of a California youth whose life is influenced by a love triangle involving Keith Richards, the social movements of the 1960s, and Manson's community of followers. Reprint.
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Weaving together stories of fictional characters with real-life luminaries of the 1960s cultural revolution such as the Rolling Stones and Kenneth Anger, Zachary Lazar creates a rich tapestry of the era, skillfully avoiding clichés and platitudes to create a deeper, fuller, and wonderfully living portrait of a surreal period in American history. Selected as one of the 2008 Best Books of the Year by Publishers Weekly.

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"[Zachary Lazar] brilliantly highlights the fragility of an era." (starred review) 12/03/2007

"SWAY is an elegant and intricate novel....Lazar has taken territory...where the...grass has been trampled by legions of literary, sociological, and critical boots, and found something new." - Charles Taylor 01/13/2008

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0255
Product attributePublisher:   Back Bay Books
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