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Lush Life by Richard Price

Lush Life begins with a murder on Manhattan's Lower East Side where trendy bars and restaurants clash with housing projects. Eric Cash, a restaurant manager and aspiring writer whose best days might be behind him is walking with Ike Marcus, one of his bartenders, when Ike is shot dead. Eric's account of the crime has some glaring inconsistencies, and Detective Matty Clark continues to hunt down every lead. Author Richard Price tells the story of the crime and its unraveling from the different perspectives of Eric, Matty, Ike's grieving father, and Tristan, an abused, poor black kid raised in the neighborhood, showing the clash and similarities of the different social strata in the city. Lush Life has received positive reviews with the New York Times saying, "Lush Life is a novel that gives us a wide, 3-D Imax portrait of a small corner of New York City (the Lower East Side of a few years ago, at that hinge point in time, when young hipsters were beginning to push out the immigrants and the working poor), a novel that captures Manhattan's magnetic appeal to dreamers and drifters, and its ability to crush the weak and unlucky and turn their dreams into disappointment and rage."
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