Love Junkie (Paperback)

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The “diabolically clever, shamelessly brass-balled, wrenchingly funny” (NY Native) story of love, lust, and the agony of romantic disillusionment.

Adored by the likes of Amy Sedaris, Madonna (who optioned the film rights), and Gordon Lish, Love Junkie is Robert Plunket’s cult novel of the heady heyday of gay New York at the dawn of the AIDS epidemic: scandalously long out of print, it is now gloriously reissued for a new generation of readers.

Mimi Smithers, a modern-day Emma Bovary, is a fortyish suburban housewife who has an eye for décor and dreams of hosting lavish cocktail parties. Reflecting on her time in Tehran with her Union Carbide executive husband, she says, “In the waning months of the Shah’s regime, entertaining became more and more difficult. Hams—always a problem in Islamic countries—were as rare as hen’s teeth.” After their move to Westchester, a party she hosts for Mrs. Rockefeller goes south, and she falls into a deep funk. But then life takes an unexpected turn when she stumbles down into the gay rabbit hole of Manhattan and Fire Island society and meets Joel, a porn star with a chest “as smooth as a Ken doll.” Soon she’s helping him with his lucrative mail order business (signed photographs, used underwear, “verbal abuse audiotapes”), and her real dreams and adventures begin.

About the Author

Robert Plunket was born in Greenville, Texas in 1945, and raised in Havana and Mexico City. After an unsuccessful stint as an actor in New York, he moved to Sarasota, Florida, where he became Mr. Chatterbox, the gossip columnist for Sarasota Magazine.  He is now retired and has “found peace and contentment at a lovely trailer park in Florida.” New Directions also publishes his novel My Search for Warren Harding, described by Danzy Senna in the foreword as “one of the best, and most invigorating books I’d read in years, and certainly the funniest.”

Praise For…

A comedy of manners with a time bomb ticking behind the curtain.
— Jay McInerney - The New York Times

Part of what feels so notable about Plunket’s writing is that it expresses a gay or queer sensibility through a lot of different, complementary emotional registers.
— Brandon Sanchez - New York Magazine

One of America’s funniest, gayest writers.
— Casey Cep - The New Yorker

It’s rare for a long-forgotten writer into his eighth decade to get rediscovered. What’s even more unusual about Plunket, and his unlikely return, is how stealthily influential his fiction has been over the decades.
— Alexandra Alter - The New York Times

Product Details
ISBN: 9780811238472
ISBN-10: 0811238474
Publisher: New Directions
Publication Date: May 14th, 2024
Pages: 272
Language: English