Do Everything in the Dark: A Novel

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Macmillan, Jun 11, 2003 - Fiction - 274 pages
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Gary Indiana’s newest autopsy of America’s walking dead examines the tragicomic fate of la vie boheme when its cherished delusions and brightest hopes succumb to the harsh realities of the aging process. Do Everything in the Dark continues Indiana’s exploration of social anomie and disconnection with the scabrous wit the author is famous for. But it is also a chilling chronicle of madness and failure, disappointments and ruined ambitions, disastrous life choices and the many ways love dies in a world people find increasingly impossible to live in.

The novel follows several couples and solitary wanderers through the summer of 2001, as their internationally scattered vacations throw long-festering, glossed-over incompatibilities and resentments into exotic and unbearable relief. Indiana shows his large and terrifyingly credible cast of America’s cultural elite exhibiting their worst behavior, while sympathizing with their underlying fears and frailties and thwarted good intentions.

Do Everything in the Dark is Indiana’s darkest and funniest novel, but also his deepest exploration of our least manageable, most uncomfortable emotions.
 

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Indiana's sixth outing (after Depraved Indifference, 2001) explores the damaged psyches of a group of artists, all on the verge of a nervous breakdown.The web of characters here—actors, playwrights ... Read full review

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This novel reads like the description of a drug-induced dream. Short, unrelated vignettes reveal scraps of information about the various characters, and though scenes are linked in that the people in ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
4
Section 2
5
Section 3
7
Section 4
9
Section 5
11
Section 6
13
Section 7
19
Section 8
33
Section 22
101
Section 23
109
Section 24
113
Section 25
130
Section 26
133
Section 27
144
Section 28
145
Section 29
149

Section 9
34
Section 10
40
Section 11
43
Section 12
47
Section 13
48
Section 14
57
Section 15
67
Section 16
68
Section 17
69
Section 18
84
Section 19
85
Section 20
89
Section 21
94
Section 30
151
Section 31
162
Section 32
165
Section 33
166
Section 34
176
Section 35
184
Section 36
196
Section 37
210
Section 38
232
Section 39
243
Section 40
253
Section 41
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About the author (2003)

This is Gary Indiana’s sixth novel. He is the author of Rent Boy, Resentment, and Let It Bleed, among others. He lives in New York City.

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