Whores for Gloria

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Pantheon Books, 1991 - Fiction - 138 pages
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From the acclaimed author of The Rainbow Stories, The Ice Shirt, and Fathers and Crows comes this fever dream of a novel about an alcoholic Vietnam veteran, Jimmy, who devotes his government check and his waking hours to the search for a beautiful and majestic street whore, a woman who may or may not exist save in Jimmy's rambling dreams. Gloria's image seems distilled from memory and fantasy and the fragments of whatever Jimmy can buy from the other whores: their sex, their stories--all the unavailing dreams of love and salvation among the drinkers and addicts who haunt San Francisco's Tenderloin District.

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Great love story with SF Tenderloin prostitute. - Goodreads
Vollmann's prose is taut, gritty, vivid. - Goodreads
No plot, yet kept wanting to read more. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Stephen P - Goodreads

Virgil stopped, retreating the few steps. "This. You do not see?" "Yes. I see…" A hand clasped about my shoulder, "But you see the drugs, human bodies bought and sold, the frenzy of blight. You see ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ryan Broughman - Goodreads

Quick read. Candid slice of a damaged man's existence, his perversions, obsessions and keen observations of a spectrum of whores and the ambience of decadence and violent doom that is concentric to ... Read full review


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William T. Vollmann is the author of seven novels, three collections of stories and a seven-volume critique of violence, "Rising Up and Rising Down". He is also the author of "Poor People", an examination of poverty worldwide through the eyes of the impoverished themselves; "Riding Toward Everywhere", an investigation of the trainhopping hobo lifestyle; and "Imperial", a panoramic look at Mexican California. He has won the National Book Award, the PEN Center USA West Award for Fiction, a Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize, and a Whiting Writers' Award. His journalism and fiction have been published in the "New Yorker", "Esquire", "Spin", and "Granta". Vollmann lives in Sacramento, California.

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