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"Going to New Orleans" follows alcoholic jazz trumpeter Lewis King and his girlfriend, Ms Sugarlicq, as they travel from quiet Victoria in Canada to the humid underbelly of New Orleans. New Orleans, in all its voodoo glory, is a central character in this surreal debut novel.
"My name is Lewis King. I play trumpet. My girlfriend is insane, and so am I," jazz musician King says on waking from a disturbing dream. He invites his Ms Sugarlicq to accompany him to a gig in New Orleans, and the plot dives into a surreal mix of kinky sex, literary and musical allusions, and a bawdy guide to New Orleans. King and Sugarlicq's adventures range from sickening to bizarre to surreal. The language is evocative and spare. The line between reality and fantasy is blurred as much of the action takes place in a drunken haze. Living up to its subtitle - A Dirty Book - Going to New Orleans is thick with spontaneous, public, and often anonymous sex and violence.
Michael Puttonen's narration catches the flavor of the jazz soloist art.