Thank you so much to Counterpoint Press for providing my free copy – all opinions are my own.
A new reissue of Babitz’s collection of nine stories that look back on the 1980s and early 1990s―decades of dreams, drink, and glimpses of a changing world. Black Swans further celebrates the phenomenon of Eve Babitz, cementing her reputation as the voice of a generation.
I read SEX AND RAGE last year and LOVED IT so much I knew I HAD to read this! First off, I’m obsessed with the new cover! And second, I’m still obsessed with Eve’s writing! She is a keen observer and has a way of drawing you in. She writes without judgment, without apologizing, and with so much confidence.
This is a collection of nine short stories that focus on the 1980’s, 1990’s, and of course, Los Angeles. My favorite stories of the group are Tangoland, Jealousy, Black Swans, and Free Tibet. I love that it’s almost the opposite of SEX AND RAGE as it’s a more mellow and sober Eve, but still captures her amazing effervescent, humorous, and intensely personal style. BLACK SWANS is a beautifully written collection of stories that I highly recommend! I adore Eve Babitz and immediately ran out to buy her other books.
My rating is 5 / 5 stars!
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