Wasted Beauty

  • by Eric Bogosian
  • Narrated by Eric Bogosian
  • 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

With his dark wit and corrosive dialogue, Eric Bogosian tells a powerful story of two lovers who form a mesmerizing and destructive bond while trying to evade the looming failure of their respective lives. Reba runs away from her desolate rural community for the lure of New York City. Her tall and awkward frame lands her work modeling, but she is not prepared for the glamorous, drug-fueled life of a celebrated mannequin. After a series of painful relationships, she sees hope and an exit toward stability in the man who saves her brother's life. That man is Rick, a successful SoHo general practitioner with an idyllic life that has left him discontented. He doesn't take Reba seriously at first, but soon finds himself so enmeshed in her beauty that he risks losing everything: his home, his children, and his beloved wife. Wasted Beauty is master monologist Bogosian's enthralling journey through the high life of drugs, fashion celebrity, middle-class guilt, and sexual obsession.

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What the Critics Say

"A well-crafted novel that's also a vicarious walk on the wild side....It's a great guilty pleasure of a story line (brainy schlump meets gorgeous goddess), and Bogosian fills it with fresh, frank turns of phrase." (Publishers Weekly)

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Highly recommended

I loved this book. It's not for everyone; it is grim in parts and weaves drugs and mindless sex throughout the story. Eric Bogosian is a terrific writer. Many of the passages, descriptions and metaphors display such creative brilliance that for once I wish I had read the book rather than listened to it.
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- Carmela

Tried Hard

This is a novel about trying and failing. I'm not referring to the characters here - I'm referring to the author. Bogosian principally tries hard to imagine the life of a rags to riches to ruin farm girl turned model (discovered homeless! bright lights! big city! drugs! beaches! drugs! meaningless sex! drugs!) and the mid-life crisis of a married doctor with two kids much given to annoying inner dialog (I'm good! I'm bad! I'm a jerk! She loves me! Sho loves me not!) she has an affair with.

Not for me, anyway. Jaklak sez check it out if you're into this kind of thing. Otherwise, keep walking.
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- John

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-01-2005
  • Publisher: Audible Studios