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The Blizzard Party

by Jack Livings

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The Blizzard Party by Jack Livings
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    Feb 2021, 416 pages

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A sprawling debut novel explores the memories, machinations and motivations of a vast cast of characters whose lives converge in New York City during the historic Blizzard of 1978.

It is 1978 and the place is New York City. A massive bacchanalian party is taking place at an Upper West Side apartment suite inside the Apelles complex, a beehive of well-to-do and elite New Yorkers. Hazel Saltwater is six years old and inexplicably dropped into the middle of this vortex of drugs, sex and mayhem. She is dozing peacefully in a small guest room with the cacophony of the party relegated to a muted roar when she is joined by Albert Caldwell, a 74-year-old ex-lawyer and current dementia patient, who is shown into the room to rest on a separate twin bed. Bad things follow, but not quite the way one might expect.

Welcome to The Blizzard Party, an ambitious and panoramic debut novel by Jack Livings, the recipient of the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for his book of short stories, The Dog (2014). At the center of this storm tale is Hazel, our omniscient narrator who dips back ...

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