Cult of Loretta Kevin Maloney alchemizes the allure of dicey friendships hallucinatory sex and a drug so terrifying I m heartbroken I ll never get to try it Cult of Loretta captures the manic fury of Richard Brautig

  • Title: Cult of Loretta
  • Author: Kevin Maloney
  • ISBN: 9781621051831
  • Page: 140
  • Format: Paperback
  • Kevin Maloney alchemizes the allure of dicey friendships, hallucinatory sex and a drug so terrifying I m heartbroken I ll never get to try it Cult of Loretta captures the manic fury of Richard Brautigan writing a sequel to The Outsiders during a ketamine binge Jim Ruland, author of Forest of Fortune I haven t read a book this great, this funny, this original, this emo Kevin Maloney alchemizes the allure of dicey friendships, hallucinatory sex and a drug so terrifying I m heartbroken I ll never get to try it Cult of Loretta captures the manic fury of Richard Brautigan writing a sequel to The Outsiders during a ketamine binge Jim Ruland, author of Forest of Fortune I haven t read a book this great, this funny, this original, this emotional, this bonkers in quite some time It s a little like Bukowski and Sam Lipsyte and the drug scene in Beavis and Butthead Do America all smashed together, but also completely and totally Kevin Maloney Aaron Burch, author of Backswing Cult of Loretta is a hot dose of pleasure It whistles with the wit of Brautigan, stings with the heart of badly dissolved romance If a modern day mountain man came out of the wilderness with a story in his eye, this might be the thing he d tell Kevin Maloney is that kind of treasure a wild thing that s come in from the war of life, lived to tell the tale Brian Allen Carr, author of The Last Horror Novel in the History of the World Cult of Loretta is a book about a man named Nelson who gets his ass kicked over and over again by the world, and his heart pulverized over and over by the same enigmatic woman It s about what happens to love when both halves of a couple are whacked out on the most powerful drug of all time It s about the tragedies that parents can make for us, and the tragedies we make for ourselves Kevin Maloney is an exceptional talent, someone capable of weaving all of these nasty little ingredients into something that is as tender as it is bleak, something that makes you laugh out loud as it rips open your skin and pulls out your veins Juliet Escoria, author of Black Cloud Kevin Maloney drags the lake of our subconscious, revealing the often startling but always mesmerizing grit that becomes human memory Cult of Loretta is an impressive debut, a confident showcase of an exciting new literary talent Michael J Seidlinger, author of The Fun We ve Had

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    1. Often teetering on the precipice of self-indulgence, Cult of Loretta manages to eschew such a label by machine gunning us with profundity after profundity, both simple and complex, aimed right at the black heart of all existence. Love and friendship, growing up and death - in all of their nihilistic glory - analyzed and repurposed without any extra fluff. At 140 lean pages, this book never grows tiresome or repetitive (any longer at it might have). Perhaps I identify on a visceral level with the [...]

    2. Holy cowhide! This is one fun and wild (and sometimes disturbing) ride. Cult of Loretta combines a likable sad-sack narrative with early 90s Portland grunge-drug culture and the pain of romantic hearts that can't be tamed or understood. I loved all the Portland references throughout and I'd say that the mood of the book makes it feel like a strangely historical read. If I were to ever make a list of best books set in Portland (especially books that truly capture the oddness of our city) this wou [...]

    3. Here’s a novel that serves as an emotional time machine, and within its pages there is a “coming-of-age” tale that mirrors many of our own personal journeys. The “cult” in the title reminds of The End of the Affair, in which Graham Greene compared romantic love to a form of religious worship. If you mixed Graham Greene with Roberto Bolano’s “Savage Detectives,” you have a good idea what you might be getting into with this particular cult. I never felt empathy for the protagonist [...]

    4. Beautiful language + absurd Joseph Heller-isms + touches of The Virgin Suicides-esque obsession (my current literary obsession) = Cult of Loretta. But these are all jump-offs, cuz this book is wholly original. Unlike anything I've ever read, really. Blew through it in one sitting and lol'd on just about every page. Hard to imagine a book that will beat this as my favorite of 2015.

    5. A hallucinatory depiction of a once-in-a-lifetime love story: Loretta is the wall where everyone wants to crash again and again. Highly vivid, 90s-nostalgic, excellent little novel.

    6. Cult Of Loretta is super fucking good. It haunts you. Anytime I had to put this book down, I would find myself itching to pick it up, wanting to know what happens to Loretta and the doomed men that keep falling in love with her. An otherwise ordinary girl who had the power to ruin even the best of friendships. A girl who makes Helen of Troy seem like a fucking amateur.Maloney writes some damn good characters — broken people who accept that the world is awful and either embrace the path of slow [...]

    7. What an unexpected little gem. CULT OF LORETTA was sent to me by its publisher as a throw-in alongside another novel I had actually requested and now that I've read it I understand why. This little tome needs to be in more people's hands. It's a book that has a target audience of adult mean, I believe, because its a novel about how first love shapes a young man's live and how selfish young love can beLT OF LORETTA is endearing because it's about a boy like I used to be (up to the part where they [...]

    8. This is one of my favorite books I've read this year -- when I finished reading it the first time, I flipped right back to the beginning and read it again. The sentences are expertly polished, visionary, and full of insane twists and black humor that will keep you flipping pages at a methamphetamine pace. This novel is crazy and dreamy and transgressive in the best possible way.

    9. Crackling with powerful, Satanic energy, this book is a love story for the ages. It’s like Harry Met Sally except Harry listens to nu metal and Sally is possessed by Zuul from Ghostbusters, has an addiction to shitty speed, and may or may not be a juggalo. Maloney is dark, son.

    10. I knew a girl like Loretta years and years and years ago. I probably thought I loved her. But I was too young and dumb and fucked up to really know what that means. She's most likely dead now.

    11. Fast-paced, and hallucinatory. An infatuation fueled roller coaster of a love and coming of age story.

    12. has been recommending this book to me for a while now, but I just got around to reading it. Wow. I’d been missing out. Cult of Loretta is just incredible. The writing is beautiful, deceptively simple yet poetic. It reminded me of Bukowski, Denis Johnson or Justin Grimbol. The chapters are short and sweet, full of emotion, and always left me wanting to read another chapter or two or five.The story itself revolves around the narrator’s love of the titular Loretta. She’s a real powderkeg. The [...]

    13. So much of the literature that I fell in love with when I first started reading--Bukowski and Brautigan, especially--has fallen out of vogue in the last decade. Readers are seldom interested in stories of poor people who aren't saps but who do have artistic insights. Cult of Loretta is inspired by that tradition and mixes it well with nods to Denis Johnson and Arthur Bradford and Kevin Maloney's own weird and wonderful talent to make a darkly hilarious book about bad drugs, bad sex, and bad love [...]

    14. So beautifully brilliant. I've been overly sentimental lately anyway, and Kevin Maloney made me even worse by reminding me what it was like to live in Portland in the nineties. I fucking loved this book.

    15. I was well on my way to giving this 5 stars, but the last 20 pages were a little unsatisfying. The ending seemed a little hurried, and lacking some of the uncomfortable humor that had me laughing out loud earlier.

    16. 'Cult of Loretta' reads like a tribute to both the Northwest and lost love. There were several times I chuckled out loud, only then to think 'fuck, that's dark!' Maloney has a storyteller's voice, much in the same way as Joe Lansdale. This is stunning.

    17. Tiny, sharp, and beautiful, like a paring knife inlaid with the golden words of a one-eyed madman who's really into Alice in Chains. Filled with comedic absurdity, transcendent sentences and the pacing of Palahniuk novel in a stolen Ford Bronco fleeing the scene. Centering around the titular Loretta and a narrator who knows better but can't stop himself, the reader is flung along with every purely physical desire fulfilled at the cost of health, wealth, and sanity. Framed with familiar tinges of [...]

    18. Months later, an image of Loretta haunts you, even if the story is horrible. I bought this not knowing it was smut. My purchase was based on the praises for the writing, so I stuck with it because of that. I wish the title character was more developed. It was well-written and the opening was engaging, but we never get a strong motivation for the way Loretta is. We know about her home life, but it's not a nuanced look, so she becomes the stereotypical manic pixie to be lusted after no matter what [...]

    19. Brilliant novel--it blew me away. Terrifying, fast-paced, erudite, gleefully scatalogical, with a genuine voice. It alters your consciousness like a drug. I could not put it down--I bought it and started it the same day and read the last half at breakneck speed parked in the parking lot at Burgerville in Centralia, WA. It would be a dark book except it's constantly hilarious. Just when you think Maloney will preach or take the easy way out, things get ambivalent and unpredictable. It left me fee [...]

    20. This book was a punch in the throat of my nostalgia for the mid 90s in Portland. The only thing it was missing was watching Tommy break up a fight between methed out bicycle messengers at the Vern. It also has the best sentence that sums up the way I've felt about Pdx's popularity since forever. Watching Elliot Smith perform at the Oscars the protagonist says, "I think that's the guy from Heatmiser." That feeling of shock, discomfort, and dislocation is what I feel life's been like ever since.

    21. The writing is frenetic and interesting, but I don't think this will stick with me. I've nearly forgotten it already. Quick read if you're looking for that.

    22. Heavy, man. Heavy.Not sure where to even begin. I found myself laughing, sad, angsty, and a bunch of other emotions that I can't even begin to explain while I read this book. The Cult of Loretta was a quick read and a page turner at that, and I'm still trying to figure out how Maloney smashed so much into so few pages, 139 to be exact.The book is narrated by Nelson, a deeply conflicted and drug addled teenager/young adult that has fallen in love with the freckled and troubled Loretta, like every [...]

    23. This book deserves all the good reviews. It's as if Kevin Maloney were speaking directly to me but that can't be the case. I'm drunk right now as I'm finishing this book and I can't help but think on some level that's entirely fitting.

    24. I could not put this damn book down, even when it made me cringe. Phenomenally hilarious, heartbreaking and addictive.

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