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Following a stint as a Las Vegas showgirl and an early botched marriage, Lee Annis has finally found some definition and success as part of Anaconda, the band she fronts alongside the enigmatic Billy. But all is set to change as Billy announces that he's about to marry and pull the plug on the band and his life with Lee. Over the course of a restless summer, Lee moves between London, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Rome and Berlin, rediscovering a hapless instinct for misadventure. Unable to shake off the bizarre, sometimes macabre, grip of the past, she resorts to the usual analgesics of sex and drugs, as she probes the true nature of her complex, troubled relationship with Billy.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099445142
ISBN-10: 009944514X
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 130mm x 17mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 6-May-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Reviews

US Kirkus Review » Rock 'n' roll girl figures burning out is much, much better than just fading away. Long before she was fronting the international rock sensation Anaconda, Lee Annis was a young wife stuck in Vegas, married to a gun-collecting doctor, with a newborn she barely acknowledged. Of course, nobody knows that, though some media wags have posited that the color of her nipples, which can be seen quite clearly on an album cover, prove that she had once had a child. Nowadays, Lee does what she can as a member of the international rock-star jet set to burn out the memory of that existence, along with a windswept, hazily described Montana childhood. Never one for leaving things alone, Lee sleeps with and then tortures herself thinking about what-could-have-been with bandmate Billy, who's actually with another bandmate, Alessia, but decides eventually to marry a third girl. So, after a brief interlude that gives some unresolved background on the whole Vegas/child thing, Lee spends a good many pages mooning about London and Los Angeles, thinking about Billy and the band's imminent demise, and being generally, fabulously, self-destructive. Although binging on random, greedy sex, she knows it has to end, and soon: "This cock-to-mouth existence is doing me in." But Lee is compulsive, if nothing else, stuck in Mobius strip loop of rage, sex, and desire for an unattainable peaceful existence (which, if she was ever given, she'd most likely toss over in a second). The only things sustaining her are the "analgesics of sex and drugs and shopping" and the near-volcanic upwellings of heartache that keep propelling her forward into the void. Irish second-novelist Collins (Cannibals, 2003) lets Lee tell her story in all its dark star fury, just swan-diving into her mangled psyche and not trying to shoehorn it into the typical rise-and-decline rock-star/addict narrative. A spiky story replete with decadence and yet told with an undeniable, unshakable grace. (Kirkus Reviews)


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Author Biography - Dan Collins

Dan Collins lives and writes in County Cork, Ireland. How It Ends is his second book.

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