All-Night Pharmacy All-Night Pharmacy

All-Night Pharmacy

A Novel

    • 4.0 • 16 Ratings
    • $12.99
    • $12.99

Publisher Description

*A NATIONAL BESTSELLER*
Winner of the California Book Award
Winner of the National Jewish Book Award for Debut Fiction
Finalist for the Lambda Literary Awards

Rachel Kushner meets David Lynch in this fever dream of an LA novel about a young woman who commits a drunken act of violence just before her sister vanishes without a trace


On the night of her high school graduation, a young woman follows her older sister Debbie to Salvation, a Los Angeles bar patronized by energy healers, aspiring actors, and all-around misfits. After the two share a bag of unidentified pills, the evening turns into a haze of sensual and risky interactions—nothing unusual for two sisters bound in an incredibly toxic relationship. Our unnamed narrator has always been under the spell of the alluring and rebellious Debbie and, despite her own hesitations, she has always said yes to nights like these. That is, until Debbie disappears.

Falling deeper into the life she cultivated with her sister, our narrator gets a job as an emergency room secretary where she steals pills to sell on the side. Cue Sasha, a Jewish refugee from the former Soviet Union who arrives at the hospital claiming to be a psychic tasked with acting as the narrator’s spiritual guide. The nature of this relationship evolves and blurs, a kaleidoscope of friendship, sex, mysticism, and ambiguous power dynamics.

With prose pulsing like a neon sign, Ruth Madievsky’s All-Night Pharmacy is an intoxicating portrait of a young woman consumed with unease over how a person should be. As she attempts sobriety and sexual embodiment, she must decide whether to search for her estranged sister, or allow her to remain a relic of the past.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2023
July 11
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
304
Pages
PUBLISHER
Catapult
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
1.9
MB

Customer Reviews

rachelvay ,

Wild read!

This was an amazing read! The coming of age story follows the narrator, an LA native with some serious family drama, on her journey to find herself. The book explores various themes in a well written, witty, and exciting tale. The sprinkles of cultural references and dark humor added to the thrill of her story. I highly recommend this book and can’t wait for more from this author!

nfnchehn ,

Rather odd

This was a strange book. It kept me interested enough to finish, nut nothing were interesting really ever happened. So many words that never really served a purpose. I didn’t hate it or love it. Not really even sure I liked it. I can’t even say WHY I finished it, and seriously would have no reason to encourage anyone else to read it. It’s almost like no ending would have been a better ending? Odd.

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