generation must describe for itself what it means
to be a young writer or artist struggling with anonymity
and a mountain of rejection slips in a city like New
York. Richard Perez’s THE LOSERS’ CLUB tracks the
poet Martin Sierra’s melancholy and yet somehow humorous
and hopeful life with an acid, yet not unsympathetic,
pen. Perez has written a sharp, quick-paced satire
of the personal ads subculture and the generally doomed
semi-relationships it leads to, the bizarre and manic
club life, where slam-dancing and other dangerous
sports fail to mask the chronic – one might say terminal
– loneliness of the participants. I especially like
how the kaleidoscopic whirl of people and objects
energizes the author and delights the reader with
an almost photographic sense of time and place.
—Robert Siegel, author: Best-selling author of THE
"Richard Perez’s THE LOSERS’ CLUB moves fast
without blurring, and documents New York City in all
its self-invented variety: kitsch/retro bars and cafes,
goth vampires, dyke rock bands, desperately clever
personal ads, the endless cruise for a parking space,
and loneliness so relentless its victims wind up feeling
stillborn. In its quicksilver way, Perez’s novel manages
to be cheerful, bleak, and edgy all at once."
—John Vernon, author: A BOOK OF REASONS, PETER DOYLE
Set in downtown New
York City, THE LOSERS CLUB tells the story of
Martin Sierra, an unlucky writer addicted to the personals.
His journey brings us into the East Village, pre-9/11and
in contact with Nikki, his dream woman, who remains
unattainable romantically yet becomes his friend and
confidant during his illuminating misadventures. A
romantic comedy and coming-of-age story.
More Author's Opinions:
was hooked. I couldn’t put it down until I finished....
I was simply impressed that these were real, instantly
recognizable people ... poor lonely bastards of every
stripe resorting to utter humiliation and personal
endangerment in the barest hope of hooking up with
a kindred spirit. It’s a brave book with a great deal
—Poppy Z. Brite, author: LOST SOULS, LIQUOR: A NOVEL
story of youth, very well told, and it dwells in the
mind long after a reader finishes it."
—Joanne Greenberg, author: I NEVER PROMISED YOU A
very beautiful valentine to a time and place almost
faded from existence."
—Mary Gaitskill, author: BAD BEHAVIOR, VERONICA
and endearing—and wisely not so hip as to avoid a
good grab for your heart."
—Marcie Hershman, author: SAFE IN AMERICA, TALES OF
THE MASTER RACE
Perez is a clear-eyed chronicler of the New York club
scene and a compassionate observer of the lives lived
in the carnival at the center of the world. He is
a sociologist and a historian, telling the truth about
the way we live now. He’s funny, honest, and compassionate.
We can only hope that THE LOSERS’ CLUB is but the
first act in Richard Perez’s Human Comedy."
—John Dufresne, author: LOUISIANA POWER & LIGHT,
LOVE WARPS THE MIND A LITTLE
LOSERS’ CLUB evokes a real and genuine sense of place—the
world of the East Village—and people—single, young
and desperate—written with zest, energy and enthusiasm."
—Tama Janowitz, author: SLAVES OF NEW YORK
touching, and very much alive, THE LOSERS’ CLUB throbs
with the subculture of East Village night life. Buoyant
and highly entertaining—I couldn’t put it down."
—Stanley Cohen, author: ANGEL FACE
LOSERS’ CLUB gives a complete panoramic view of the
downtown New York scene of the '90s, and along with
all its flamboyant extremes... this novel has an appealingly
old fashioned love story at its core."
—Madison Smartt Bell, author: ALL SOULS' RISING, TEN
fast, fun read."
—Richard Rhodes, author: A HOLE IN THE WORLD, THE
MAKING OF THE ATOM BOMB, Pulitzer Prize Winner
Perez is a rare writer who moves with ease through
the blasted lyric pain of childhood, the mysterious
and sensuous and powerless world of being a kid, into
the spotty drastic charm of ‘90s downtown flashy and
downtrodden New York…having arrived at adulthood so
that he can taste it with pleasure..."
—Eileen Myles, author: CHELSEA GIRLS, COOL FOR YOU
Perez has written a kind of contemporary fable of
his generation’s life in Manhattan, a fable at once
humorous and poignant."
—Alan Lelchuk, author: BROOKLYN BOY, AMERCIAN MISCHIEF
LOSERS’ CLUB is a fine novel. Richard Perez has a
wonderful eye for details of the club scene and the
humor to be found in urban decay. It is a book to
—Tim Sandlin, Sorrow Floats, Social Blunders
Perez’s THE LOSERS’ CLUB is a bittersweet trip through
the East Village.... It’s a tale of love lost and
found among the coffee shops, mosh pits and art galleries.
Take it from someone who’s spent half a lifetime archiving
the scene—this one’s spot on!"
—Ron Kolm, poet, author, member of the Unbearables
LOSERS’ CLUB is a vibrant and hopeful anthem for all
of us 'losers' who choose not to wallow (for too long!)
in our despair and who find the will to keep searching."
—Heather Lowcock, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Lexington
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