The Anarchist's Girlfriend


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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.92 inches | 0.01 pounds
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About the Author

Susan I. Weinstein is a writer, playwright, and painter. Paradise Gardens, an Orwellian speculative fiction, was written in the 1980s. It was read in-progress, at the original Dixon Place and at Darinka, whose archive is now part of NYU's Fales Library and Special Collections. Pelekinesis published the new definitive editions of The Anarchist's Girlfriend (2016) and Paradise Gardens (2017), previously serialized by Tales of the Mer Family Onyx: Mermaid stories on land and under the Sea will also appear in a new edition by Pelekinesis. Susan's short fiction and poetry have appeared in literary magazines, such as The Metric and The Portable Lower East Side. Currently, she is at work on a WWII novel based on blacked out V-mail.


"Uh-oh, Woody, Manhattan may be in peril. Pre-Internet, pre-Kardashian, pre A-Rod New York is the setting for Susan I. Weinstein's sneaky funny, ever-seductive, refreshingly unconventional novel, The Anarchist's Girlfriend. It's quite a head-spinning read. And no wonder, for Weinstein is a boldly creative, highly visual writer whose narrative moves with distinctive rhythms; she has a laser eye for hypocrisy and detail, and hits you fast with lots of stuff. Best of all, her imagined parallel universe here is occupied by a Rolodex of indelibly unique characters-starting with AG herself-unlikely to be found elsewhere. Well, at least not on this planet; UFOs come to mind. A truly original work." -Howard Rosenberg, former LA Times TV critic "Having lived in the East Village in the '80s, I can say from experience that The Anarchist's Girlfriend captures the spirit of the time, real and surreal. Like Balzac and Zola, it's the novel as social history, and like Don DeLillo, it captures that weird parallel universe version of a place that's frighteningly close to home. Fans of DeLillo in particular should be attracted to this work." -Peter Cherches, author of Lift Your Right Arm "What a puzzle box of a novel. The writing is very fine-textured and funny, but mostly beautiful. New York under siege. I guess in a way New York is under siege every day. I loved the character of the AG and didn't expect to. After all, there's that annoying trend in novels where the title is always someone's wife or daughter. The Pilot's Wife, the Bonesetter's Daughter, the Pony's Aunt. But the AG is like Fitzdare in The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B, a beautiful book by JP Donleavy. New York is the only city where such a story could take place." -Sally Eckhoff, author of F*ck Art (Let's Dance) "A careening and suspenseful trip through not only pre-9/11, pre-cell phone Manhattan but into the souls of unforgettable characters...and further, into the world of ideas. Daring to delve into philosophy, metaphysics, politics, psychology, and even art, the author makes you think, feel, and ponder. Yet she's never, ever didactic, it's all part of the compelling story: a plot to create a horrendous event, and the love inspired by the title character-the luminous, lovely, and clairvoyant anarchist's girlfriend. In a way, this is also a coming of age story as even mature characters such as the Irishman anarchist; the Llama, a heavy in a church that will remind you of Scientology; and a deaf-mute writer make new choices for their lives. Don't be put off by the long cast of characters in the very beginning, or you'll miss the sights and smells of gritty old New York, the wonderful outfits the anarchist's girlfriend designs, and her apartment mate Sandy's bizarre collage. The writing is modern and hip; the surprises keep coming. The Anarchist's Girlfriend is a unique treat." -Ann Schwartz, former copy chief at Grand Central Publishing