- By Linda Dahl

Cleans Up Nicely: A Novel

  • Title: Cleans Up Nicely: A Novel
  • Author: Linda Dahl
  • ISBN: 9781938314384
  • Page: 445
  • Format: Paperback
  • Cleans Up Nicely A Novel The story of one gifted young woman s path from self destruction to self knowledge set in mid s Manhattan from addiction to recovery Set in the l s in New York City when it was possible for

    The story of one gifted young woman s path from self destruction to self knowledge, set in mid 1970s Manhattan, from addiction to recovery Set in the l970 s in New York City, when it was possible for a young artist to find a cheap apartment The book is immersed in the dangerous, decadent and creative world of New York City, and one woman s need to do her art, even as driThe story of one gifted young woman s path from self destruction to self knowledge, set in mid 1970s Manhattan, from addiction to recovery Set in the l970 s in New York City, when it was possible for a young artist to find a cheap apartment The book is immersed in the dangerous, decadent and creative world of New York City, and one woman s need to do her art, even as drink and drugs are pulling her down An unexpected ending shows how desperation can lead to hope and sobriety.

    1 thought on “Cleans Up Nicely: A Novel

    1. This book did not hold my attention and as I kept trying to read it and make sense of it, I just lost interest and did not finish. This is highly unusual, but it does happen. Sorry.

    2. Artist Erica Mason moves to New York, after an idyllic time spent in Mexico, exploring that art scene and moving past it."Cleans Up Nicely" opens in 1977, with Erica showing us what her life looks like after. Told in her first person narration, we see that she has "cleaned up nicely," but the path is a new one. And she feels the disparity between her life now and the "outsides" of the life of Addie McC, who lives in a luxury building. And who is a member of AA, this new world Erica is navigating [...]

    3. In this new century's second decade, a growing fascination with the Manhattan low-life of the 1970s is emerging, judging from the recent publication of memoirs by James Wolcott, Edmund White and other diarists of the island's seemy Fun City era. A significant new contribution to this genre is Linda Dahl's Cleans Up Nicely, sequel to the author's 2010 novel Gringa in a Strange Land. Readers will recall Dahl's protag, Erica Mason, as the self-centred midwestern college kid who seemed to absorb a f [...]

    4. "She feels like she's in some sort of slow free fall, a bird whose wings can barely flap, a parachute with frayed cord." This quote seems to exemplify the writing and feel of "Cleans Up Nicely." The novel pulled me into Erica's slow fall to the bottom, kept me with her through each lover, each interlude with cocaine, each drink, and of course, every painting. Linda Dahl does a fantastic job of writing the paintings; the characters come alive and the art finds a way to be seen through the words. [...]

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