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The Petting Zoo
The Petting Zoo: A Novel | Jim Carroll
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A moving, vividly rendered novel from the late author of The Basketball Diaries. 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 thirty- eight-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 Velzquez 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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This fictional portrait of one artist's plight to find inspiration for his work in late-1980's NYC feels fitting for #boulevardofbrokendreams

KarenUK That cover! 😍 10mo
vivastory I credit Jim Carroll with my passion for poetry. I started reading poetry after the adaptation of Basketball Diaries. When I attended the annual New Year's poetry reading at St Mark's Poetry Project in 2004, he read from this one. I'll never forget being there. 10mo
emilyhaldi Wow how cool!! @vivastory I was just googling Jim Carroll bc I admittedly know nothing about him...I will have to check out his poetry 10mo
Cinfhen Now I need to check him out too!! Great cover 10mo
Reviewsbylola Sounds interesting! 10mo
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