Suicide Blonde

Darcey Steinke

Was it the bourbon or the dye fumes that made the pink walls quiver like vaginal lips?
Suicide Blonde by Darcey Steinke (Paperback ISBN 9781786894410) book cover

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The intensely-erotic feminist cult classic. Introduced by Maggie Nelson

Jesse is a twenty-nine-year-old adrift in San Francisco’s demi-monde of sexually ambiguous, drug-taking outsiders, desperately trying to sustain a connection with her bisexual boyfriend. She becomes caretaker and confidante to Madame Pig, a grotesque, besotted recluse. Jesse also meets Madison – Pig’s daughter or lover or both – who uses others’ desires for her own purposes, and who leads Jesse into a world beyond all boundaries.

As startling, original and vital as it was when first published, Suicide Blonde is an intensely erotic story of one young woman’s sexual and psychological odyssey, and a modern cult classic.

“Like so many naturals with a singular vision and an unyielding gift, Steinke wrote a perfect book nearly right out of the gate, one which both emanates from its time and will last the test of time”
Maggie Nelson

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“Hallucinatory, dystopian … a disturbing, poisonous fable of the dire consequences of derailed passion”
new York Times

“A provocative tour through the dark side”
vanity Fair

“A book that feels neon-drenched, dirty, incredibly alive. The story slides around San Francisco in the 90s, with a cast of characters who feel grotesque and charismatic all at once. Incredibly vivid and captivating”
Sophie Mackintosh
nz Herald

“A shocking and electrifying journey into the inferno of sexual obsession”

Darcey Steinke

Darcey Steinke is the author of five novels including Sister Golden Hair, Jesus Saves, Up Through the Water and Milk, and a memoir Easter Everywhere. Her books have been translated into ten languages.