Transgressive fiction beyond Palahniuk, Burroughs and Bukowski.
In this haunting allegory, a car wreck leaves a man injured and stranded on a freeway island, where his isolation and captivity lead to psychological and situational horror.
The Basketball Diaries
High school student Jim Carroll seems headed for a bright basketball career until pressures from his coach, mom, and school accumulate, and Jim finds solace in all the wrong places.
After three suburban school shooters kill a pregnant and secretly married classmate, who is at odds with a Christian youth group, four characters narrate the aftermath beyond the neat, news-covered backlash of heroes and villains.
Art and Lily, owners of Binewski's Fabulon, a traveling carnival, decide to breed their own freak show by creating genetically altered children through the use of experimental drugs.
The Rules of Attraction
A sordid and darkly funny tale of a love triangle between three self-absorbed and privileged college students.
The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel
In short stories like “Three Popes Walk Into a Bar” and “The Lady Will Have the Slug Louie,” Hempel describes complex characters in grim situations with trademark minimalism
Jesus’ Son: Stories
The unnamed narrator in Jesus' Son lives through a car wreck and a heroin overdose, among other exquisite tragedies.
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
After losing his job, cat, and wife, Japanese everyman Toru Okada is pulled into a series of bizarre encounters with everyone from a pair of psychic sisters, to a morbid teenager, to a creepy and otherworldly politician.
Requiem for a Dream
Two young hoods, Harry and Tyrone, and a girlfriend fantasize about scoring a pound of uncut heroin and getting rich. Unfortunately, their habit gets the better of them.
The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs
A restaurant inspector in search of his father finds life-ravaging clues in a celebrity chef’s memoir. As he drinks and beds his way from Edinburgh to San Francisco, he struggles with his rival and opposite, a colleague whose own circumstances will force him to make a decision.