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The Petting Zoo

(2010)
A novel by

 
 
When poet, musician, and diarist Jim Carroll died in September 2009, he was putting the finishing touches on a potent work of fiction. The Petting Zoo tells the story of Billy Wolfram, an enigmatic 38-year-old artist who has become a hot star in the late 1980s New York art scene. As the novel opens, Billy, after viewing a show of Velazquez paintings, is so humbled and awed by their spiritual power that he suffers an emotional breakdown and withdraws to his Chelsea loft. In seclusion, Billy searches for the divine spark in his own work and life.

Carroll's novel moves back and forth in time to present emblematic moments from Billy's life (his Irish Catholic upbringing, his teenage escapades, his evolution as an artist and meteoric rise to fame) and sharply etched portraits of the characters who mattered most to him, including his childhood friend Denny MacAbee, now a famous rock musician; his mentor, the unforgettable art dealer Max Bernbaum; and one extraordinary black bird. Marked by Carroll's sharp wit, hallucinatory imagery, and street-smart style, The Petting Zoo is a frank, haunting examination of one artist's personal and professional struggles.

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Hardback Editions

November 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Petting Zoo: A Novel
Author(s): Jim Carroll
ISBN: 0-670-02218-7 / 978-0-670-02218-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking
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Paperback Editions

October 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Petting Zoo
Author(s): Jim Carroll
ISBN: 0-14-312009-3 / 978-0-14-312009-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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Audio Editions

November 2010 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Petting Zoo: A Novel
Author(s): Jim Carroll
ISBN: 1-4001-1877-8 / 978-1-4001-1877-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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November 2010 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Petting Zoo: A Novel
Author(s): Jim Carroll
ISBN: 1-4001-4877-4 / 978-1-4001-4877-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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November 2010 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Petting Zoo: A Novel
Author(s): Jim Carroll
ISBN: 1-4001-6877-5 / 978-1-4001-6877-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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November 2010 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Petting Zoo: A Novel
Author(s): Jim Carroll
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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Kindle Editions

November 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Petting Zoo: A Novel
Author(s): Jim Carroll
Publisher: Penguin Books
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