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Party of Pictures (Paperback)
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"PARTY OF PICTURES is a reel, both the dance and the loop, and I suppose the stagger, highly diverting."GEORGE O'BRIEN - The Village of Longing, Dancehall Days
"Party of Pictures is a splendid invitation to an annual fete, one honoring a madcap saint, a party both ordained and yet unexpected. McGonigle excels at capturing memorable dates and places - and who can resist a St. Patrick's Day bacchanal, especially one hilarious and reflective, that repeats year after year at the same Greenwich Village apartment, an event engendering spiritual and spirited commentary? McGonigle excels as the perfect host: attentive, gregarious and generous. Enjoy "WILLIAM O'ROURKE - Idle Hands, The Harrisburg 7 and the New Catholic Left, The Meekness of Isaac
"Narrated by a sort of track-skipping DJ, Party of Pictures is a high-wire-enacted party-of-fools satire that glides us through a Greenwich Village apartment mined with literary trapdoors. Tours de force are what I praise highest and that's what Party of Pictures is."TOM WHALEN - The President in Her Tower, The Straw that Broke
Does Party of Pictures capture a modern pilgrimage to the ancient bacchanalia? Or a final trip to a Greenwich Village crash pad? No matter: the novel is one great party. Thomas McGonigle, gatekeeper and guide, navigates the ephemeral world of downtown Manhattan as it reveals itself in a West Village apartment for St. Patrick's Day. Snapshots of the living and the dead cover the walls. Not everyone has been invited to the Party of Pictures, but all are caught in the photos.