Better by John O'Brien

By John O'Brien

"John O'Brien used to be a stunningly proficient author who created poetry from the main squalid materials."—Jay McInerney, writer of Bright lighting, gigantic City

Within the partitions of a foreboding mansion positioned within the hills overlooking l. a., the artful Double Felix performs host to an array of gorgeous ladies in addition to his not likely sidekick William. The mysterious patriarch provides his live-in site visitors’ each want whereas asking not anything in go back. Days start with William and Double Felix discussing their conquests with the women over morning Vodka, a ritual that's still edged in homoerotic pressure. From there the ingesting maintains, purely to be interrupted by way of a few miscellany—perhaps a rerun of The Love Boat or a few informal sex.

But the continued torpor has been disillusioned by means of the house's most modern arrival, a gorgeous younger lady named Laurie, with whom either Double Felix and William develop into hopelessly smitten. Trash-talking Maggie and Zipper, the hooker who flew in on a trick and not left, smolder with envy whereas Laurie garners increasingly more realization from the men.

As tensions spiral uncontrolled, the house—an nearly anthropomorphic entity in itself—ejects a few of its denizens whereas additional ensnaring others. finally, each one faces an identical ultimatum: go away or remain. the choice is fraught with consequence.

Better delves deep into the psyche of its matters via an tricky internet of cultural icons, loyalty, covert communications, and intercourse. John O'Brien's characters loom out and in of a surreal global that turns out to drift excessive above the remainder of us, yet is in reality firmly tethered to the human condition.

John O'Brien was once born in 1960 and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. He moved to la in 1982 together with his then-wife Lisa. in the course of his lifetime, he was once a busboy, dossier clerk, and low roaster, yet writing was once his real calling. He dedicated suicide in April 1994 at age thirty-three. His released fiction comprises Leaving Las Vegas, The attack on Tony's, and Stripper Lessons.

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