Monday, May 03, 2010

Jim Carroll's 'The Petting Zoo'

I still can't believe that Jim Carroll passed away last September at age 60. He was my favorite poet and remains one of my very favorite writers. He is so incredibly missed. But to my excitement, recently shared the news that his long-awaited work of fiction, The Petting Zoo, is slated to be released November 8, 2010 via Viking Adult.

According the site, The Petting Zoo "tells the story of Billy Wolfram, a 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 Velásquez paintings, is so humbled and awed by their spiritual power that he suffers an emotional breakdown and withdraws to his Chelsea loft. In reclusion, 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."

Also, check out's extensive prep guide for the book here.

[Thank you for the fantastic cover art]

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