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Charlotte is a bit of a mess: hard drinker, barely employed, newly single. Her best friend Danielle, though, has it worse. Danielle started using drugs and fell off the map; now she's dead. Sunset City is the noir Houstonians have been waiting for. Compact and taut, Ginsburg carries her heroine (and us) on a fever dream through Houston's seedy underbelly all the way up to its real estate elite. Montrose denizens will have fun spotting local watering holes (West Alabama Ice House, The Harp) and all noir fans will appreciate the drugs, booze, and urban sprawl of this fantastic debut novel. Ginsburg, a poet, writes with grace and swiftness. Highly rec'd!— Sam
Twenty-two-year-old Charlotte Ford reconnects with Danielle, her best friend from high school, a few days before Danielle is found bludgeoned to death in a motel room. In the wake of the murder, Charlotte's life unravels and she descends into the city's underbelly, where she meets the strippers, pornographers, and drug dealers who surrounded Danielle in the years they were estranged.
Ginsburg's Houston is part of a lesser known south, where the urban and rural collide gracelessly. In this shadowy world, culpability and sympathy blur in a debut novel which thrillingly brings its three female protagonists to the fore.
Scary, funny, and almost unbearably sad, Sunset City is written with rare grace and empathy holding you transfixed, praying for some kind of escape for Charlotte.