The Revolution of Every Day by Cari Luna

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Read The Revolution of Every Day Online Free - In the midnineties, New York’s Lower East Side contained a city within its shadows: a community of squatters who staked their claims on abandoned tenements and lived and worked within their own parameters, accountable to no one but each other. With gritty prose and vivid descriptions, Cari Luna’s debut novel, The Revolution of Every Day, imagines the lives of five squatters from that time. But almost more threatening than the city lawyers and the private developers trying to evict them are the rifts within their community. Amelia, taken in by Gerrit as a teen runaway seven years earlier, is now pregnant by his best friend, Steve. Anne, married to Steve, is questioning her commitment to the squatter lifestyle. Cat, a fading legend of the downtown scene and unwitting leader of one of the squats, succumbs to heroin. The misunderstandings and assumptions, the secrets and the dissolution of the hope that originally bound these five threaten to destroy their homes as surely as the city’s battering rams. The Revolution of Every Day shows readers a life that few people, including the New Yorkers who passed the squats every day, know about or understand.

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ISBN : 1935639641
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 392 pages


Rachael rated it ★★★★★

June 11, 2013

I had the good fortune to read this prior to release, and I can say unequivocally it can and will (and should!) change the world. More than just being lyrically and beautifully written (which it is -- every line of it), it has a story that sweeps the reader along, equal parts raw need, subsumed d...

Suzy rated it ★★★★★

October 13, 2015

Recommended by friend, Tevilla, at first I wasn't sure about this book, but I was quickly drawn into the stories of the people who "squatted" at Thirteen House and Cat House in NYC's Lower East Side in the late 80's and early 90's. This is a beautifully written first novel that I did not want to...

Kevin rated it ★★★★★

July 24, 2015

Despite being longer than my short attention span can usually handle and being about a subject matter (squatters) I don't know much about, I found myself savoring this life-like drama and the inner turmoil of her finely tuned characters. Luna's debut shows how people who are usually looked away f...

Beverly rated it ★★★★★

June 10, 2013

Cari Luna's debut novel is close to perfection. The setting is carefully rendered. I could smell, taste, hear, see it all. The characters move me with their imperfections. They are so human in their desires, in their flaws. Luna provides an even-handed description of even minor characters, making...

Natalie rated it ★★★★★

April 29, 2015

One of the pleasures of reading is being lifted from your life and dropped into a new and bold world. Portland writer Cari Luna's debut novel, "The Revolution of Every Day," an elegy to a disappeared New York, does not disappoint. During the late 1980s and early '90s, when crack was king, familie...

Peter rated it ★★★★☆

May 17, 2014

At first I thought: “Peyton Place” in a squat on the Lower East Side, then maybe THE SUN ALSO RISES transplanted from Paris in the 1920s to punks in 1990s New York City, but since I neither watched the former nor read the latter, guess I’ll just have to take THE REVOLUTION OF EVERY DAY for itself...

Orlivan rated it ★★★★★

July 15, 2013

I read an advanced copy of this book and was struck by the lucid, incantatory beauty of Luna's prose and the psychological heft of her characters. Luna is a true empath. Even as she delineates her characters' foibles and failings you can feel her compassion for the basic human predicament. We yea...

Lisa rated it ★★★★★

October 10, 2013

Categorizing this novel as "historical fiction" seems to limit its scope. Luna has created compelling characters whose back stories are fascinating, and her writing is superb. Descriptions of the squats are incredibly vivid, as are her details about major and minor building repair -- it's clear t...

Purlewe rated it ★★★★★

September 17, 2013

This is one of those books I could not put down. The characters were very real to me and I was sad when the book ended. I wish every book I picked up was as good as this. I am highly recommending this to my friends near and far!

Nicole rated it ★★★★★

December 31, 2014

Oh, how I loved this book. I drank all its pages like honey, wine, something guzzly. I guzzled it. I also made a complete fangirl fool of myself at the Tin House booth at AWP 2014 when Cari Luna was there, one of those "OMG hi I really liked your book because words." Which was, completely underst...

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