The Petting Zoo
The Petting Zoo
Jim Carroll

Preface by Patti Smith

A moving, vividly rendered novel from the author of The Basketball Diaries

Suffused with Jim Carroll's humor and sharp wit, his delicate yet hallucinatory imagery, and his cool, sophisticated, streetsmart voice, The Petting Zoo is a frank, haunting examination of one artist's personal and spiritual quest.

Billy Wolfram, an enigmatic thirty-eight- year-old star of the late -1980s New York art scene, views a show of Velázquez paintings and is so humbled by their spiritual power that he suffers an emotional breakdown and retreats to his Chelsea loft. In seclusion, he recalls the most emblematic moments and figures of his childhood and early career as he searches to recover the spark of inspiration in his own work and life.

Title The Petting Zoo
Author Jim Carroll
Preface by Patti Smith
Publisher Penguin
Title First Published 25 October 2011
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 336 p.
ISBN-10 0143120093
ISBN-13 9780143120094
Publication Date 25 October 2011
Main content page count 336
Weight 16 oz.

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