The book that shocked a generation and introduced Kathy Acker as the enfant terrible of the 1980s literary underground.
'You exist in this darkness. Rebels. Creeps. Outcasts. Loners. People who hate everybody'
This is the story of Janey, who lived in a locked room, where she found a scrap of paper and began to write down her life. It's a story of lust, sex, pain, youth, punk, anarchy, gangs, the city, feminism, America, Jean Genet and the prisons we create for ourselves. A heady, surreal mash-up of coming-of-age tale, prose, poetry, plagiarism and illustration, Kathy Acker's breakthrough 1984 novel caused huge controversy and made her an avant-garde literary icon.
“A postmodern Colette with echoes of Cleland's Fanny Hill”
William S. Burroughs
“Acker's writing is virtuoso, maddening, crazy, so sexy, so painful, and beaten out of a wild heart that nothing can tame”