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Raw: A Love Story [Paperback]

Mark Haskell Smith
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26 Dec 2013
"Only an imaginative satirist can outpace the world's absurdity, but Mark Haskell Smith manages it with "Raw," a super-fun, super-wild, and sneakily thoughtful take on American literary and entertainment excess."--Steve Hely, author of "How I Became a Famous Novelist" Sepp Gregory, a reality-TV hunk and one of "People" magazine's "sexiest men alive," is on tour to promote his debut novel. Not that Sepp's actually read the book--he doesn't have to, he lived it! And everyone just wants him to take his shirt off. The book has hit the bestseller list and is even getting rave reviews from serious critics. Aside from Harriet Post, that is. One of the blogosphere's most respected literary minds, Harriet fears that the novel's reception means the end of civilization is upon us. Determined to pen an expose on the publishing industry, Harriet hijacks the book tour and uncovers the ghostwriter. Reality and "reality" collide, and a tragic accident sends Sepp and Harriet off on a sex-fueled roadtrip through the southwest. "Raw: A Love Story" is Mark Haskell Smith at his raucous best, dangerously sexy and wickedly funny.

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  • Paperback: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press (26 Dec 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802122019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802122018
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,183,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Gleefully absurd. . . . [Smith] turns what could have been just an amusing book into an incisive, caustic and hilarious one. . . . He's able to pull it off because his prose is so hard-boiled and self-assured--he comes across as the slightly more well-adjusted offspring of Hunter S. Thompson and James Ellroy. . . . A hilarious and--occasionally--an unexpectedly sweet illustration of why we write and read in the first place."--"Los Angeles Times" "Audacious satire."--"Vanity Fair" "Both hilarious and absurd. You'll laugh (and sometimes blush) the whole way through."--"People" "Outrageous. . . . consistently surprising, fast-paced and nearly always funny, "Raw" is more than just a lively romp. Smith saves his best satire for a topic he knows all too well: the publishing industry. In "Raw" . . . Smith skewers it with as much gleeful zeal as he attacks his much easier targets."--Daily Beast "No contemporary pop culture touchstone or literary idol emerges from the book unscathed by Smith's playful scrutiny."--"Los Angeles Magazine" "Readers familiar with Mark Haskell Smith's novels know all about the sharp, oddball sense of humor that permeates "Raw." For those who don't, think somewhere along the lines of Carl Hiaasen--social commentary combined with outrageous laughs. . . . [A] brash and brainy slice of satire that skewers our base and high-minded interests in one fell swoop. . . . Hilarious."--Shelf Awareness "[A] fast-paced, funny send-up of both high and pop culture."--"Penthouse" "Subversively funny. . . . Think Don DeLillo meets 'Jersey Shore.'"--The Wrap "The four strangers brought together in "Raw" are at times so vivid that you want to meet them. . . . [A] fast (and fun) story."--"Los Angeles Review of Books" "Amusing and intermittently outright funny. . . . [Smith's] caricatures land squarely on the mark."--"Boston Globe" "Crazy stuff happens, and it's a joy to be inside the drama. The more

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Mark Haskell Smith is the author of five novels, "Moist, Delicious, Salty, Baked, " and "Raw," and the non-fiction "Heart of Dankness: Underground Botanists, Outlaw Farmers, and the Race for the Cannabis Cup." His work has also appeared in the "Los Angeles Times," Vulture, "National Post," and the "Los Angeles Review of Books." Smith is an award-winning screenwriter and assistant professor in the MFA program for Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts at the University of California, Riverside, Palm Desert Graduate Center. He lives in Los Angeles. He likes Mexican food.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Laughed until I cried! 3 Jan 2014
By col2910
Format:Paperback
This was another book accessed via the useful Net Galley website.

Raw is the author's fifth book. I read his debut novel Moist some years ago. Moist was tag-lined as....... a comic rampage through the polyglot gutters of modern Los Angeles. Moist revolved around a tattooed severed arm, Mexican mobsters, LAPD's finest, a cannabis aficianado, a masturbation coach (yes, really) and minimum wage Bob, in a hilarious stew of murder, sex and mobster-style politics. My kind of book really. Two of his following three books made it onto my piles of unread - Delicious and Salty, but alas Baked has thus far eluded me, as Smith kind of slid off my reading radar.

So after a gap of maybe 6 or 7 years, I was eager to see how Smith's latest panned out for me. Raw wouldn't qualify as one of my typical noir or hard-boiled crime reads but was a comedic, satirical poke at celebrity and publishing. Absolutely hilarious in places, on several occasions I was laughing like a drain. Smith paints his likeable characters into situations that are absurd but at the same time believable.

We follow Abs-man, hot-reality star, Sepp Gregory on his successful book tour around the US. Sepp, amiable and easy-going is promoting the book he never wrote, whilst embarrassingly suffering erectile dysfunction as a consequence of the public break-up with super-hot, super-fake reality co-star, Roxy. All the women throwing themselves at Sepp and his equipment isn't working!

We meet, Curtis his ghost-writer. Curtis, an un-published novelist in his own right, is miffed and angered at the plaudits being showered on Sepp for "HIS" best-seller.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Novel by MHS 21 Feb 2014
By Bix Skahill - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have read everything Mark Haskell Smith has ever written and he gets better with every book (which is not an easy feat). In RAW, Smith turns his clinical eye and sharp tongue on the world of reality television. But being a democratic offender, the author not only takes down the world of insipid television but also mocks literary writers, highbrow bloggers, and agents. It's a fun romp filled with lots of sex (Smith, as I've always said, writes porn for the mind). Do yourself a favor and read this book (instead of watching Real World 84: Chlamydia in Chicago).
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you liked "True Romance" the movie... 19 Feb 2014
By Hal - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A fast paced, twisted love story that you won't be able to put down. The characters are great and the story is the perfect mixture of dark humor and suspense.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Ridiculous, Engrossing Story of Reality TV, Love, Writing, Books, Sex, Death, Fame and Adventure 17 Jan 2014
By Rachel Kramer Bussel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I stumbled across Raw when I was looking for a light, fun read. I got that and more, including plenty of ridiculousness in this novel about reality TV, publishing, books snobs and adventure. Sepp Gregory a reality star with women lining up for a piece of him--ideally, his impeccable abs that he shows off at almost every opportunity. Sepp is on a book tour for a book his ghostwriter, a struggling Brooklyn author named Curtis, wrote, but that Sepp hasn't read. What happens from there is utterly over the top, including a momentous and game-changing visit to the Playboy Mansion, where Harriet, who up til now has been the epitome of a book snob and easy to hate, takes on a life of her own. It's to Smith's credit that while this book is utterly absurd and about as far from reality as you could get, it's in the most inane and unlikely of the story's adventures that it becomes the most fun. If you're part of the publishing or book blogging world, there's plenty of insider humor, right alongside the most cynical and careerist publicists. But you don't have to be a fan of reality shows, or even books, to enjoy this romp of a novel. In fact, I'd venture that Sepp Gregory, who treats books as pure marketing tools and practically foreign objects, just might enjoy Raw. It's a perfect beach read, whether you're on an actual beach or not, with a bit of snark, and plenty of sex, death and fame.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best book in ten years 7 Jan 2014
By Iowa girl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Run, don't walk, to your nearest bookstore and buy this book!!! It is a slice of hilarious and real life!! Hurry, Mark Smith, with the next one!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Laughed until I cried! 3 Jan 2014
By col2910 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This was another book accessed via the useful Net Galley website.

Raw is the author’s fifth book. I read his debut novel Moist some years ago. Moist was tag-lined as....... a comic rampage through the polyglot gutters of modern Los Angeles. Moist revolved around a tattooed severed arm, Mexican mobsters, LAPD’s finest, a cannabis aficianado, a masturbation coach (yes, really) and minimum wage Bob, in a hilarious stew of murder, sex and mobster-style politics. My kind of book really. Two of his following three books made it onto my piles of unread – Delicious and Salty, but alas Baked has thus far eluded me, as Smith kind of slid off my reading radar.

So after a gap of maybe 6 or 7 years, I was eager to see how Smith’s latest panned out for me. Raw wouldn’t qualify as one of my typical noir or hard-boiled crime reads but was a comedic, satirical poke at celebrity and publishing. Absolutely hilarious in places, on several occasions I was laughing like a drain. Smith paints his likeable characters into situations that are absurd but at the same time believable.

We follow Abs-man, hot-reality star, Sepp Gregory on his successful book tour around the US. Sepp, amiable and easy-going is promoting the book he never wrote, whilst embarrassingly suffering erectile dysfunction as a consequence of the public break-up with super-hot, super-fake reality co-star, Roxy. All the women throwing themselves at Sepp and his equipment isn’t working!
We meet, Curtis his ghost-writer. Curtis, an un-published novelist in his own right, is miffed and angered at the plaudits being showered on Sepp for “HIS” best-seller. He’s conflicted, does he take the big bucks on offer for his next project – Roxy’s Magnum Opus shot at the New York Times Best-seller list, or does he try for some literary recognition for himself? That’s an awfully big cheque they’re waving at him.

We meet Harriet, serious book-blogger and critic, an unsuccessful, published novelist. Harriet has her own anger issues; the rise of the celebrity ghost-written novel endangers the whole of western civilisation as she knows it. If she doesn’t expose the charade, her and all legions of aspiring serious, novelists will have to look forward to is a future flipping burgers.
Lastly, we meet Roxy and her plastic breasts, back to exact more revenge and heap further humiliation on Sepp, whilst Curtis interviews her before penning “HER” shot at the best- seller market.

Fast and fun, our combatants collide at Hugh Hefner’s Playboy mansion. Sepp with his parts back in working order ends up on another Reality-road trip with the unlikeliest of companions.

Verdict – savagely funny and satisfying with characters you care about. It’s probably time to dust off the other Mark Haskell Smith books on the pile.

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I accessed this via the Net Galley website. I believe the novel is released in late December. Highly recommended.
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