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Sex and Rage

(1979)
Advice to young ladies eager for a good time
A novel by

 
"The entirety of Sex and Rage . . . is a kind of pushback against the notion of Southern California's banality and vanity: it gives great merit to simple beauty and solitude, and does its part to redeem the SoCal lifestyle." - The Paris Review (staff pick)

The popular rediscovery of Eve Babitz continues with this very special reissue of her novel, originally published in 1979, about a dreamy young girl moving between the planets of Los Angeles and New York City.

We first meet Jacaranda in Los Angeles. She's a beach bum, a part-time painter of surfboards, sun-kissed and beautiful. Jacaranda has an on-again, off-again relationship with a married man and glitters among the city's pretty creatures, blithely drinking Pink Ladies with any number of tycoons, unattached and unworried in the pleasurable mania of California. Yet she lacks a purpose - so at twenty-eight, jobless, she moves to New York to start a new life and career, eager to make it big in the world of New York City.

Sex and Rage delights in its sensuous, dreamlike narrative and its spontaneous embrace of fate, and work, and of certain meetings and chances. Jacaranda moves beyond the tango of sex and rage into the open challenge of a defined and more fulfilling expressive life. Sex and Rage further solidifies Eve Babitz's place as a singularly important voice in Los Angeles literature - haunting, alluring, and alive.

 
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Used availability for Eve Babitz's Sex and Rage


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Hardback Editions

October 1979 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Sex and Rage
Author(s): Eve Babitz
ISBN: 0-394-42581-2 / 978-0-394-42581-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

July 2017 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Sex and Rage: A Novel
Author(s): Eve Babitz
ISBN: 1-61902-935-9 / 978-1-61902-935-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Counterpoint
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

January 1981 : USA Mass Market Paperback
thumbTitle: Sex and Rage
Author(s): Eve Babitz
ISBN: 0-380-53009-0 / 978-0-380-53009-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Avon
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

Audio Editions

July 2017 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Sex and Rage
Author(s): Eve Babitz
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

July 2017 : Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Sex and Rage: A Novel
Author(s): Eve Babitz
Publisher: Counterpoint
Availability: Amazon CA   


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