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After Delores

After Delores

By Sarah Schulman
Categories: LGBTQ+, Lesbian Literature
Paperback : 9781551525150, 192 pages, 2013


Sarah Schulman's surprising novel about a brokenhearted waitress looking for love in New York's Lower East Side.

In this new edition of Sarah Schulman's acclaimed 1988 novel, the unnamed narrator is a no-nonsense coffee-shop waitress in New York's bohemian Lower East Side who is nursing a broken heart after her girlfriend Dolores leaves her for another woman. Over the course of a few days, she goes on the prowl looking for love, only to find herself immersed in a tangled web of seduction, deceit, and murder. Along the way, she meets a diverse array of characters, from Priscilla, a hot femme who leaves behind a tiny, pearl-handled gun, Punkette, a go-go dancer who works lunches in Newark, and Charlotte, a bewitching and brutal actress. This hilarious, unpredictable, sexy novel is a fast-paced flashback to the storefronts, underground clubs, and back alleys of the Lower East Side's lesbian subculture in the 1980s--an electrifying chronicle of New York life featuring an edgy and totally original heroine.

Includes a new introduction by the author.

I remember watching her against the eerie glare of headlights knowing that I was the person Delores cared about the most. Now I'm the one she most wants to break. I guess that means I know her inside out. That's why I can't let go. Something organic keeps her right there, next to me. Whenever I move, she follows me because Delores left everything unresolved and that was a dirty trick.


This novel is as personal as any lyric poem.
-Kathy Acker, Village Voice

- Village Voice

A rare, insightful look into the lesbian mind . .. as for Delores, everybody knows her. She is someone unworthy of your love, who breaks your heart.
-New York Times Book Review

- New York Times Book Review

Hilarious, hard-core . .. makes Bright Lights, Big City and Less Than Zero seem thin and dated.
-Publishers Weekly

- Publishers Weekly

After Delores is entertaining and exciting, with beautifully constructed prose and observation . .. This is a journey worth taking, evoking and exploring the universal truths of lust, love, anger, remorse, and loss -- sometimes all at once. -Broken Pencil

- Broken Pencil