Miss Lonelyhearts & The Day of the Locust
This lost generation writer has been overlooked by me for way too long. His dark, often offensive, prose is modern and effective. The first novella in this collection from New Directions is Miss Lonelyhearts which is a a glimpse into the life of an advice columnist who is neither mentally nor spiritually fit to be answering any of these desperate letters. The Day of the Locust is the longer of the two works. It is set in Hollywood and investigates the bleak world of fame and fortune. Both of these short novels are subversively smart. He shines a spotlight on relationships of all kinds- from romantic to professional to familial. Each character has been dissected and laid bare so you can come to understand them which allows you to love them or despise them. You make a choice either way. I have found a new author to thoroughly investigate without a doubt.