Brite Poppy Z. After establishing herself as a distinctive voice in gothic horror with Lost Souls, Exquisite Corpse, and Drawing Blood, Brite has recently turned her focus to the somewhat less gruesome world of restauranteurs with the food-nerd delight Liquor, about two young men and their quest to open a New Orleans restaurant where liquor flavors every dish. Interviewed via email, Brite recommended some LA restaurants, discussed avoiding the gay fiction pigeonhole, explained why no one should ever adapt A Confederacy of Dunces to film, and made me crave some gumbo. What are the difficulties of creating an unique setting for the reader, like the kitchen of a restaurant? How do you balance authentic, necessary details with the need to not bog down the reader with too much information? Charles Avenue?
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Poppy Z. Brite and her recent resurfacing as a writer of "foodie lit. Biography Poppy Z. When she was six, her parents divorce d and she moved to Chapel Hill , North Carolina with her mother. At the age of twelve, she began to take writing seriously and started submitting short stories to various markets.
At the age of eighteen, she sold Optional Music for Voice and Piano to a small horror market. In , Brite met her husband , Christopher DeBarr, a chef. They returned to New Orleans where DeBarr found work in the diverse cuisine culture of the city and Brite continued her writing. The hurricane destroyed her house, but she has returned to the city where she is living in an apartment with her many cats and Chris.
Her blog , Dispatches from Tanganyika, is updated frequently and discusses her life in New Orleans, food and her fiction. Her goth characters, sensual plots and depictions of sexual interaction between men earned her a loyal fan base. She received a three book contract following the sale of her first novel, Lost Souls. Her next two novels continued to draw readers. Exquisite Corpse, arguably her most controversial novel, was rejected by her editor due to its frank discussion of cannibalism and necrophilia.
It was eventually published by Simon and Schuster. The novel took her fans in a new direction, leaving behind the horror novels of her past and focusing on her passion for New Orleans cuisine.
The Liquor series, described as mainstream and foodie lit by her readers, features an "old married couple," G-man and Rickey, who open a new restaurant in the volitile dining market in the city. To stand out from the myriad of other establishments in New Orleans, the couple incorporates a menu consisting solely of recipes that use alcohol.
Brite continues the story of Liquor in her next book, Prime and her newest release, Soul Kitchen. The Liquor series demonstrates her growth as a person and as a writer.
Why write gay characters? In the Questions and Answers section of her website, Brite answers the question, "Why do you write about gay characters? In her essay, Enough Rope , she discusses her identification as a gay male. She is not seeking gender reassignment surgery. Instead, she has developed a level of comfort in her own body and has posed for various erotic magazines and worked as a stripper when she lived in North Carolina.
She does not insist on being referred to with male pronouns and continues to dress in a feminine manner. Fiction usually requires forging a bond between the reader and the character. If a writer cannot feel this bond herself, how can she expect a reader to do the same? Instead of fighting her identification as a gay man, she uses it to create memorable characters.
Unlike her earlier works, which portrayed gay sexuality in a glamorized manner similar to that portrayed by slash fiction writers, her more recent works portray the life of gay men in committed relationship s with a realistic understatement.
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Aug 10, Kassa rated it really liked it Liquor may not be perfect but like any great drink with ingredients that shouldnt go together but do, you simply enjoy the ride and ignore the aftertaste. The mix of fantastic New Orleans setting, great foodie descriptions, an intimate knowledge of the underbelly of the cooking scene, and some interesting characters combine to create a fun book with a hefty dose of classic New Orleans style. Reading at the beach, this is the perfect light story with enough interest to keep me reading and flavor that I enjoyed, flaws and all. Liquor introduces Rickey and G-Man, a couple of cooks in New Orleans bouncing from job to job, paycheck to paycheck. Rickey has ambition though while G-Man is the more stabilizing force of their partnership. The mystery of the disgruntled lunatic ex-boss is obvious from the start and not really the focus. What really works is the description of pre-Katrina New Orleans.
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Liquor is her first book set in the restaurant world. She lives in New Orleans with her husband, Chris, a chef. Read an Excerpt It was the kind of October day for which reasidents of New Orleans endure the summers, sparkling blue-gold with just a touch of crispness, and two old friends were sitting on a low branch of an oak tree in Audubon Park drinking liquor. They had started out with tequila shots upon waking up, but harboring a residual grudge against the drink, they soon switched to vodka and orange juice, which they carried to the park in a large thermos. In the Ninth Ward, "Uptown" signified rich and snooty.
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