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What Ever

What Ever

A Living Novel

Heather Woodbury

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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"May be the nearest thing to an American Ulysses . . . wildly funny and infinitely sad."
—Fintan O'Toole, The Irish times

Focusing on the lives of more than a dozen characters—among them the Oregon rave boy Skeeter; the progressive-thinking octogenarian Violet, remembering her life from her bohemian youth in prewar Paris to her jazz-clubbing in postwar Greenwich Village; and the street-smart prostitute Bushie, holding forth on the profanity of the world—Heather Woodbury has forged a unique kind of fiction that combines the immediacy of performance art with the narrative structure and subtle characterization of a traditional novel. Taking off from her acclaimed one-woman show of the same title, Woodbury continually surprises in this novel with her ability to create new forms while always locating the unique, resonant humanity that links all the characters to one another—and to the reader.

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What Ever

PART ONE
CHAPTER 1
IN WHICH VIOLET AND IRIS DISCUSS FORBIDDEN DANCES
Our story begins long ago, in the early 1990s, when a couple of old ladies convene at the end of a counter in a bustling Greek...

About the author

Heather Woodbury

Heather Woodbury was born in northern California. After working in New York City as a barmaid, go-go dancer, and catering waitress as well as a performance artist, in 2001 she moved to Los Angeles, where she now lives.

Heather Woodbury

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