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On its way to becoming a cult classic, Ablutions is the much-acclaimed debut of a literary star in the making.
 
In a famous but declining Hollywood bar, there works a barman. Morbidly amused by the decadent decay of his surroundings, he establishes tentative friendships with variously pathological regulars, all the while making notes for his novel.
 
But as his tenure at the bar continues, he begins to serve himself more often than his customers. His damaged life begins to unravel completely. He loses his wife, his way, himself. Trapped by his habits and his loneliness, he hatches a terrible plan of escape, his only chance for redemption.
 
Patrick deWitts stunning debut novel has been compared to the work of Charles Bukowski, Denis Johnson, and Hunter S. Thompson. It is funny and horrifying and beautiful and honest. It is a “marvel” (L.A.Weekly), the kind of book whose “dirty realism” makes Gary Shteyngart “want to roll in the mud with” the author. Ablutions is destined to be a backlist favorite for many years.

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Advance Praise for Ablutions:

"Ablutions is funny and precarious, a novel that shifts the ground under the reader's feet, a naked-lightbulb self-examination that doesn't shy from high comedy. deWitt has a gimlet eye and a dead aim with words."-- Luc Sante

"deWitt is the 21st century poet of Hollywood's desperate souls, the misbegotten, broken, and the lost. Beware, beware. But read Ablutions." --Chris Offutt

"Ablutions is a novel about the deteriorating health of our livers and the malaise of our dreams. deWitt takes on our diseases and depravity with prose that may yet rescue us from the gutter." — Salvador Plascencia

"deWitt's writing is deeply charismatic — a coiled ramble of note perfect sentences, mysterious and burbling declarative tones, the saddest humor imaginable, and the strange physical proportions of a magician's top hat. I love this novel very much." — Dennis Cooper

Synopsis:

In a famous but declining Hollywood bar works A Barman. Morbidly amused by the decadent decay of his surroundings, he watches the patrons fall into their nightly oblivion, making notes for his novel. In the hope of uncovering their secrets and motives, he establishes tentative friendships with the cast of variously pathological regulars.

But as his tenure at the bar continues, he begins to serve himself more often than his customers, and the moments he lives outside the bar become more and more painful: he loses his wife, his way, himself. Trapped by his habits and his loneliness, he realizes he will not survive if he doesn't break free. And so he hatches a terrible, necessary plan of escape and his only chance for redemption.

Step into Ablutions and step behind the bar, below rock bottom, and beyond the everyday take on storytelling for a brilliant, new twist on the classic tale of addiction and its consequences.

About the Author

Patrick deWitt is also the author of the Booker shortlisted novel The Sisters Brothers. He was born in 1975 on Vancouver Island in British Columbia and has also lived in California, Washington, and Oregon, where he currently resides with his wife and son. He has worked as a laborer, a clerk, a dishwasher, and a bartender. Ablutions is his first novel.

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Tyler Jones, January 4, 2010 (view all comments by Tyler Jones)
Patrick deWitt has written a stark and severe portrait of Hollywood's forgotten men and women. He scrapes all away the glitz and glitter and exposes the lives of everyday people, sitting at the same bar at the end of the same day. It's like deja vu in hell.

The unusual use of a second person narrative lends this work a sense of urgency rarely found in novels today. We follow a pathetic bartender through his struggles with alcoholism, self pity, fear, and loathing. We find ourselves somehow rooting for him even though we know that his journey cannot end well.

The writing is gritty and beautiful, moments of clarity shine through the liquored haze and reveal a sharp eye for detail and characterization. Although the book is short it never feels as though deWitt is attempting to get away with giving the reader less than what is bargained for.

I strongly feel that this book is a contender for best novel written by an author under 35. deWitt also gets major points for fleeing Hollywood and now living in Portland, Oregon.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780547335711
Author:
Dewitt, Patrick
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Author:
DeWitt, Patrick
Subject:
Literary
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Literature-A to Z
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Publication Date:
20100431
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Language:
English
Pages:
176
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8 x 5.31 in 0.36 lb

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Advance Praise for Ablutions:

"Ablutions is funny and precarious, a novel that shifts the ground under the reader's feet, a naked-lightbulb self-examination that doesn't shy from high comedy. deWitt has a gimlet eye and a dead aim with words."-- Luc Sante

"deWitt is the 21st century poet of Hollywood's desperate souls, the misbegotten, broken, and the lost. Beware, beware. But read Ablutions." --Chris Offutt

"Ablutions is a novel about the deteriorating health of our livers and the malaise of our dreams. deWitt takes on our diseases and depravity with prose that may yet rescue us from the gutter." — Salvador Plascencia

"deWitt's writing is deeply charismatic — a coiled ramble of note perfect sentences, mysterious and burbling declarative tones, the saddest humor imaginable, and the strange physical proportions of a magician's top hat. I love this novel very much." — Dennis Cooper

"Synopsis" by ,

In a famous but declining Hollywood bar works A Barman. Morbidly amused by the decadent decay of his surroundings, he watches the patrons fall into their nightly oblivion, making notes for his novel. In the hope of uncovering their secrets and motives, he establishes tentative friendships with the cast of variously pathological regulars.

But as his tenure at the bar continues, he begins to serve himself more often than his customers, and the moments he lives outside the bar become more and more painful: he loses his wife, his way, himself. Trapped by his habits and his loneliness, he realizes he will not survive if he doesn't break free. And so he hatches a terrible, necessary plan of escape and his only chance for redemption.

Step into Ablutions and step behind the bar, below rock bottom, and beyond the everyday take on storytelling for a brilliant, new twist on the classic tale of addiction and its consequences.

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