Synopses & Reviews
It's 5:00 a.m. and Elizabeth Hall can't sleep. She sits at her apartment window, entertaining murderous fantasies, while on the street below morons smash bottles, flip trash cans, vomit, and dance. Elizabeth struggles heroically to keep her wits, whether fighting with her landlord, the housing agency, or simply trying to survive. Twenty-four hours later the morons are back on the street, but this time Elizabeth is ready to strike a final, defiant-and hilarious-blow. Desperately funny, dark, and altogether entertaining, No Lease on Life perfectly captures a woman and a city on the edge.
"A terribly up-close and personal examination of urban angst and fury. It is also a funny, frightening, and utterly brilliant tour de force."-Bay Area Reporter
"[Elizabeth] is a character who stays with you after you put the book down-a creature of occasional dark impulses, intermittent grumpiness and perennial willingness to pull up her socks and deal."-The New York Times Book Review
"As energetic and raunchy as a New York street."-San Francisco Chronicle