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ISBN13: 9780345423870
ISBN10: 0345423879
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"Candy is beside me, drenched in sweat. She's breathing gently, long slow breaths. I imagine her soul going in and out: wanting to leave, wanting to come back, wanting to leave, wanting to come back. The day will soon harden into what we need to do. But for now we have each other. . . ."

He met Candy amid a lush Sydney summer. Gorgeous, sexy, free-spirited Candy. They fell in love fast, lots of laughter and lust, the days melting warmly into each other. He never planned to give her a habit. But she wanted a taste. And wasn't love, after all, about sharing lives? Candy had a bit of money and in the beginning, everything was beautiful. Heady, heroin-hazed days, the world open and inviting. But when the money ran out, the craving remained, and the days ceased their luxurious stretch.

But there was still love. Only now, it was a threesome. Heroin had its own demands, its own timetable, and thoughts of nabbing the next fix hurled them into each day. Then, when desperation sets in, Candy will stop at nothing to secure a blast, as she and her lover become hostage to the nightmarish world of addiction.

Painful, sexy, tender, and charged with dark humor, Candy provocatively charts the daily rituals of two lovers maintaining a long-term junk habit. Told in stunningly vivid prose and set against the backdrop of suburban and urban Australia, Candy is both an electrifying and frightening glimpse of contemporary life and love.

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"Candy" is a love story. It is also a novel about addiction. From the heady narcissism of the narrator's first days with his new lover, Candy, and the relative innocence of their shared habit, "Candy" charts their decline. Candy becomes a prostitute, the narrator becomes a seam artist, and smack becomes the total and only focus of their lives. But this is not just another junkie novel. Davies is a very fine writer indeed, and "Candy" is confronting, painful, sexy, tender, and at times darkly hilarious.

About the Author

Luke Davies was born in Sydney in 1962. He has worked variously as a truck driver, teacher, and journalist. His collection of poetry Absolute Event Horizon was shortlisted for the 1995 Turnbull Fox Phillips poetry prize.

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Natalie_1988, October 4, 2006 (view all comments by Natalie_1988)
'Candy is a thought provoking novel about addiction and love and how the two are one in the same. The detail Davies goes into is so meticulous and precise and was for me the main quality that I loved about this novel. I was a bit disappointed with the ending because it lacks the depth of what the first three quarters contains - nontheless it is bar non the best Australian book I have read in years.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345423870
Author:
Davies, Luke
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Man-woman relationships
Subject:
Narcotic addicts
Subject:
Australia Fiction.
Subject:
Narcotic addicts -- Australia -- Fiction.
Subject:
Australia
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19980631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8 x 5.13 x 0.65 in 0.5 lb

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Product details 304 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345423870 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "Candy" is a love story. It is also a novel about addiction. From the heady narcissism of the narrator's first days with his new lover, Candy, and the relative innocence of their shared habit, "Candy" charts their decline. Candy becomes a prostitute, the narrator becomes a seam artist, and smack becomes the total and only focus of their lives. But this is not just another junkie novel. Davies is a very fine writer indeed, and "Candy" is confronting, painful, sexy, tender, and at times darkly hilarious.
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