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The year is 1977 and Reno - so called because of the place of her birth - has come to New York intent on turning her fascination with motorcycles and speed into art. Her arrival coincides with an explosion of activity in the art world - artists have colonised a deserted and industrial SoHo, are squatting in the East Village, and are blurring the line between life and art. Reno meets a group of dreamers and raconteurs who submit her to a sentimental education of sorts. She begins an affair with an artist named Sandro Valera, the semi-estranged scion of an Italian tyre and motorcycle empire. When they visit Sandro's family home in Italy, Reno falls in with members of the radical movement that overtook Italy in 1977. Betrayal sends her reeling into a clandestine undertow. The Flamethrowers is a fearless novel, an intensely engaging exploration of the mystique of the feminine, the fake the terrorist. In the centre of it all is Kushner's brilliantly realised protagonist, a younf woman on the verge.
"Scintillatingly alive... It ripples with stories, anecdotes, set-piece monologues, crafty egotistical tall tales, and hapless adventures" -- James Wood New Yorker "One of the most thrilling and high-octane literary experiences I have had in ages" -- Colum McCann Sunday Independent "It's so good, it's a little frightening. it makes any fretting over the state of the novel look plain silly" Guardian "Unfolds on a bigger, brighter screen than nearly any recent American novel I can remember" New York Times "Kushner is rapidly emerging as a thrilling and prodigious novelist" -- Jonathan Franzen
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 3rd June 2013
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3 x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.527