Tuesday Nights in 1980

Tuesday Nights in 1980

Book - 2016
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Following the lives of three individuals in New York on the cusp of 1980. Lucy is in her early twenties, experiencing life in a big city; James who after college finds himself the reigning critic of the art world and Raul, escaping the post Peron Dirty War in Argentina will find himself the art world’s new favorite; these three will find their lives entwined in many ways. A tragic accident will change all these characters and others close to them.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Scout Press, An Imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc.,, 2016
Edition: First Scout Press hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ò016
ISBN: 9781501121043
1501121049
9781501121050
1501121057
Branch Call Number: F PRE
Characteristics: viii, 321 pages ; 24 cm

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redtayres
Jan 26, 2018

With a predisposition to enjoying stories set in New York City and even moreso, stories that feature young adults in that setting, I was excited to find this book (which now features different cover art than what shows on this page). Did the book deliver? Not entirely but it got me a good part of the way there. An enjoyable read stopping far short of a great read. I was hoping for a novel something like Cat Marnell's memoir(this isn't that), or a wonderful novel I read years ago about the club scene in 1980's NYC. This isn't that either, but I still enjoyed it.

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SarahDormat
Jul 11, 2016

I've always had a fascination with 1980s NYC. The grittiness of it and the artists who came out of it (many of whom are featured in this book) fueled a life-long desire to live there myself and, to get cliché, "be a part of it." By the time I'd moved there in the mid 2000s, however, a lot of that grittiness was gone. So, I still look for books and movies that will take me back to a time I didn't get to experience- A time when Jean-Michel Basquiat was spray-painting graffiti on subway cars and Madonna was hanging out with Keith Haring.

This book tries to capture that feel, and for the most part, does a decent job of it. The characters are all flawed human beings (many of whom are squatting in an "artist's loft" and making a mess of their lives, but also some decent art) whose lives intersect in some lovely and some tragic ways.

There's something a little flat about this story and the characters, though. I could never truly care about any of them. It lacks depth in places where it feels like it could and should get REALLY DEEP.

Overall, though, it's a quick read about my favorite city during my favorite time; so, I enjoyed it. There are cameos by many artists, some of whom I wasn't familiar with, but thanks to google images and this book, I've found some new favorites.

SPL_Shauna Jul 09, 2016

Readers who loved Rachel Kushner's *The Flamethrowers* for the art, political unrest and the setting (New York's art scene in the 70s/80s) may find lots to love here. While the prose is a bit more descriptive, the ensemble cast and plot twists keep the pace moving well. A wonderful, evocative debut novel.

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HerNameHere
Jul 06, 2016

This book is a good story with a few twists and turns. I felt that there was a lot of time spent with descriptives and adjectives but decided to stick with it.

I'd only recommend the book to readers very interested in art/art history.

multcolib_darceem Apr 23, 2016

I love reading about the lives of artists and I have a soft spot for the 1980s so I was probably predestined to like this book, but I love LOVED this story, the vivid NY setting and the unique characters so much that as soon as it was over, all I could think to do was to turn back to page 1 and start again.

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