Baby Cat-face: A Novel

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Barry Gifford
Harcourt Brace, 1995 - Fiction - 171 pages
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Shocked and confused by the violence and craziness of everyday life, Esquerita Reyna, also known as Baby Cat-Face, is ill-prepared for the modern world. Living in the shadow world of New Orleans, taking spooky side trips to Mississippi and North Carolina, she struggles with the specters of love, fundamentalist religion, and extra-terrestrial activity, to name just a few. After being hijacked with a busful of other passengers and forced to watch a peculiar avant-garde dance about insects, Baby Cat-Face gives it all up and joins Mother Bizco's Temple of the Few Washed Pure by Her Blood. Her membership is jeopardized, though, when a moment of unheavenly forgetfulness entangles her with one Waldo Orchid, a grossly fat young man who has a weakness for obscure poetry during sex. The fate of Baby's unborn child is no more reassuring than hers, and his daughter's only inheritance will be the book her mother wrote: Great Women I Have Heard About But Never Met.

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If you're looking for a fin-de-siecle car chase through the backwaters of fundamentalist Christianity, and rape and violence served up with a New Orleans accent, then you've come to the right place ... Read full review


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Poet, novelist, and playwright Barry Gifford was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 18, 1946. He briefly attended both the University of Missouri and Cambridge University. He published a book of poems in 1973 and started writing novels in 1980. He collaborated with David Lynch on Lost Highway and the HBO series Hotel Room. He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

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