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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User Review  - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing

A Vollmann novel that's less than 600 pages? Say it ain't so! A focused look at the beauty and ugliness of a deluded man looking for a woman he invented. Sad and disgusting and compelling all at once ... Read full review

WHORES FOR GLORIA

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Returning to the inner-city losers and loners of The Rainbow Stories (1989), Vollman takes another very graphic look at the seamy side of San Francisco. In short, self-contained chapters, Vollman ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
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Section 3
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About the author (1991)

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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