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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press; 1st Grove Press Pbk. Ed edition (1 Sep 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802134246
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802134240
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,238,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A startling post-cyberpunk thriller from the PHILIP K. DICK AWARD-winning author of ELVISSEY. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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It’s just a little later than now and Lola Hart is writing her life in a diary. She’s a nice middle-class girl on the verge of her teens who schools at the calm end of town.

A normal, happy, girl.

But in a disintegrating New York she is a dying breed. War is breaking out on Long Island, the army boys are flamethrowing the streets, five Presidents have been assassinated in a year. No one notices any more. Soon Lola and her family must move over to the Lower East side – Loisaida – to the Pit and the new language of violence of the streets.

The metamorphosis of the nice Lola Hart into the new model Lola has begun…

“Simply the coolest writer of his generation…Science fiction just doesn’t come any better than this”
NORTHERN ECHO

“Not since Kurt Vonnegut in his SF prime has there been a talent so iconoclastically sparkling as Womack’s”
MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

“If you dropped the characters from 'Nueromancer' into Womack’s Manhattan, they’d fall down screaming and have nervous breakdowns”
WILLIAM GIBSON

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Behan on 14 Oct 2013
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Written as the journal of an adolescent girl, growing up in a near-future Manhattan, this book will not appeal to some readers, purely because of its form. Worse, Lola Hart names her diary after Anne Frank so early in the proceedings, that a hard sci-fi fan with a low tolerance for literary pretension might be unable to still his rolling eyes and read to the finish, but I urge you to persevere with this ultimately rewarding tale.

Plotwise, imagine Flowers For Algernon in reverse; a bright and resourceful girl is transformed into a more open-minded, but less confident, less articulate hoodlum as she becomes increasingly governed by her hot temper and sense of abandonment. In contrast to Charlie in "...Algernon", the forces that govern this change are the external ones, and Lola is less altered by puberty and burgeoning sexuality than she is by the Random Acts that are inflicted on her. The cruellest blows are dealt from the unlikeliest of angles; New York is becoming a police state and world order is crumbling, but the everyday miseries of school bullying, wage slavery and poor health do the most to accelerate Lola's decline. As in "...Algernon", we listen in to Lola's thoughts throughout and notice her change before she does, altering her voice and then her principles in increments, towards an inevitable conclusion.

This is by turns, a witty and chilling satire: all that a sensitive liberal fears for the modern world has come to pass.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Oct 1998
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The best Womack book, this is the diary written by a 12-year-old middle-upper-class girl up since the world economy collapses. You're lead through her family's economic downfall and her psychological reactions in an undoubtedly exaggerated but nonetheless believable world. The girl herself is a great character, a true survivor, while the author achieves success in writing about hell in a dispassionate manner. I'd recommend it strongly to anyone who is a little pessimistic about the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Emma Gurhy on 7 April 2014
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Womack's story of a near future world on the brink of disaster is cleverly told through the pages of a 12 year old school girl's diary. Covering just a few months Lola tells of the changes she experiences in her home town Manhattan, having to move from her comfortable middle class suburban apartment to a rough part of the city and being shunned by her classmates for her assumed lesbian proclivity Lola is the only one of her family who does what she needs to do to survive - she adapts. Her younger sister, whom we know used to be close to her sister, becomes more and more unable to cope fearing not only the changing world outside but also her own sister. Lola's x-hippie style parents; a kind and loving but self-medicating mother and a father who now has to work long hours at a local bookstore for a merciless tyrant, have, we are told, not been good with money and it is hinted they may be partially to blame for the denuded circumstances that the Hart family find themselves in. The apparent acceptance and weakness of the other family members serves to enhance Lola's strength, as she makes new friends within the rough 'street' neighbourhood and learns that things are not going to go back to how they are anytime soon. The use of the diary form enables us to view the action in the past tense but also gives us access to Lola's true feelings and fears and reminds us that she is a 12 year old girl, something which it is easy to forget as you hear how she spends her days with little parental supervision and often in situations where her safety is threatened as the society around her descends into chaos and anarchy.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Dec 1998
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What a ride. This is the first of his books I have read and it has been a while since I read something with a unique enough edge to make it enjoyable. The story follows the downhill slide of a 12 year old girl in near future New York, and is written as if it where the girls diary. Intelligently written and you become easily convinced you have stumbled on a childs diary.
Impressive stuff and worth a read
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janie U TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Oct 2014
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The book is set in Manhattan sometime around about the present day. Something has happened which has turned society on its head and violence rules!
Lola is a 12 year old girl, who lives a traditionally middle class life. Her parents are a writer and a teacher but are both struggling hard to survive in the chaos surrounding them. Lola and her sister still attend a private school in the city but when they have to move deeper into the city to save rent, life gets more difficult.
There is an obvious comparison to Anne Franks diary which was unexpected having read the blurb for the book. Here we have a young girl, immersed in her relationships with friends and beginning to find her way sexually who lives in a world of terror which she cannot properly comprehend - she even calls her diary "Anne".
As Lola adapts to her surroundings she slips more into using a "street" dialogue which makes the book feel very real but does make it quite difficult to read at some points. Overall the book gets much darker and ends up being a depressing account which is hard to read.
The main problem I had with the book was the characters. I don't mind that none of them are likeable but I did struggle with engaging in any way with any of them. The easiest ones for me should have been Lola's parents but they were just impossible to believe - they both had problems but I fail to imagine that they would not have been able to look after their children in a better way.
On a positive, I found that the book encourages thought about the lives that we all live. How close is our society to these conditions thinking about the recent riots in the UK? How many people live in wartorn cities around the world today?
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