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Reviewed by me as part of Rosie Amber's Review Team
I liked this book a lot. It's witty, sharp, unusual, touching and so well written. Set in downtown New York in the 1970s, this is a fairly long novella about Riley, a lonely girl working in the sex trade with no company except her beloved cats, and Fitz, a one-armed Vietnam vet.
I read in the author's bio that she's a native New Yorker, and her knowledge of and love for the city is so apparent in this story. It's what I think of as warts-and-all New York, the impression I had of it when I was growing up—more 1970s cop show than Carrie Bradshaw and Mr Big!
The story is mostly told from Riley's point of view, but there are some lovely and clever sections through the eyes of cat Samson, the last one of which made me cry. It's not like anything else I've read for some time, and unlike some novellas that seem as though they're a novel squashed into something too short, this is exactly the right length. There's an element of dark comedy to it, too. I loved Riley, Fitz, Samson and old Bennie Sadowski who befriends Riley in her hour of need. You will, too :)
It's great - Ms L-D is a terrific writer and I'd like to read more by her. Definitely recommended.