• Quick Kills, the latest novel by Lynn Lurie is out on Etruscan Press, Fall 2014

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  • Quick Kills, a novel by Lynn Lurie

    "For the next year an allergist threads tiny needles beneath the skin on my inner wrist, injecting dozens of allergens. I ask if this is necessary, after all I know what caused it—wasps or hornets—I saw the hive." ~ Quick Kills

  • Quick Kills, a novel by Lynn Lurie

    "If only she had waited and seen how I hesitated at his door, the way I shuffled my feet as I looked through the dirty pane of glass." ~ Quick Kills

  • Quick Kills, a novel by Lynn Lurie

    "Flickering candles on the dining room table turn the seated guests into shadows that rise and fall across the raised velvet wallpaper. Mother sees me first and gasps." ~ Quick Kills

  • Quick Kills, a novel by Lynn Lurie
Quick Kills
   Quick Kills, 2014

Summary of Quick Kills

Quick Kills chronicles the desperate longing to belong, a need fed by neglect, familial absence and secrets. The young female narrator is seduced by an older man who convinces her she is the perfect subject for his photographs. Meanwhile, the narrator's sister embarks on an equally precarious journey. Never clearly delineating the border between art and pornography the narrator's escalating disquiet is evidence that lines have been crossed.

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Latest News & Events

Reading with Lynn Lurie, D.M. Aderibigbe, H.L. Hix, and Philip Brady

April 22, 2016 at 7:00 - 10:00 pm
Berl's Poetry Shop
126A Front Street, Brooklyn, NY

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A Conversation and Reading with Lynn Lurie

December 10th at 7:00pm
536 West 112th Street, New York, NY

Join us Wednesday, December 10th, at 7pm as we celebrate the release of Atticus Lish's new book, Preparation for the Next Life. The event will feature a reading by the author, and a conversation to follow with Lynn Lurie, author most recently of Quick Kills.

Lynn Lurie, Quick Kills, and Forrest Gander, The Trace, read and sign books and complimentary champagne

Thursday, November 20th at 7:00pm
Upshur Street Books
827 Upshur St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20011

In this evening exploring dark muses, human impulses, and stunning new American fiction from independent publishers, we'll hear from two writers of new novels whose luminous command of language will leave you spellbound. This is the only scheduled D.C. appearance for both.

Lynn Lurie's QUICK KILLS (Etruscan Press), about a young woman and the older photographer who has her in focus, is something like LOLITA if Lo herself had been the one at the typewriter, and an essential roadmap of girlhood in the Age of the Selfie. Brian Evenson describes it as "filled with quiet menace," while the Daily Beast likens its episodic storytelling and lush sensuality to Salter's A SPORT AND A PASTIME. The Millions called QUICK KILLS "most-anticipated" and "an unsettling rumination on art, pornography and sexual violence." Foreword adds, ""ultrasophisticated yet sordid...intentionally vague & dangerously discreet."
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Lynn Lurie and John Brattin at Dixon Place

Dixon Place
161 Chrystie Street, New York, NY
October 21, 2014 7:30 pm
Literature in the Lounge - Experiments and Disorders
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Lynn Lurie at Mayfair

19 Main Street, East Hampton, NY
Thursday, August 14th at 3-5pm
Wine, macaroons and a sneak peek of Quick Kills.
Complimentary signed books to first 20 guests.
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Lynn Lurie at Babeland

462 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Friday, May 16th, 2014 at 7pm
Books at Babeland Nyc presents SEXY EDGY MOMS, provocative writing about sex, mothers, marriage and Mad Men with Jennifer Michael Hecht, Lynn Lurie, Jenny Douglas, Karen Ritter and Lisa Levy (host).
Gift bags and cocktails. - 2,3 train to Bergen, any train to Barclays/Atlantic Avenue stop

Lynn Lurie at KGB Sunday Night Fiction

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Sunday, May 18, 2014 7-8pm
KGB Bar and Lit Mag
85 East 4th Street NYC

"Quick Kills is terrifying. In vivid snapshots, this small book chronicles a life too immense and wrong to be made okay. The threat of men is everywhere. You won't be able to stop reading, and you'll ache for the narrator to be safe, for everything and everyone in her past to be undone."
-David Vann, author of Goat Mountain

"In deft, seemingly effortless sentences that give us neither too much nor too little, a girl intensely scrutinizes herself and her family, not always sure of what she's really seeing, but knowing enough to be afraid. Filled with quiet menace, Quick Kills is a clearheaded and merciless examination of the damage that shapes us, for better and for worse."
-Brian Evenson, author of Immobility

"Lynn Lurie's Quick Kills is fraught with lessons, not least among them this: if the heart is a lonely hunter, what it tracks can never be helped. But loneliness itself, we also learn, is never really alone. It runs hand in hand with fear, which, most of all, is what this book is about. In this ruthless examination of a family's corrosion beneath the shadow of secrets and lies, Lurie takes us, sentence by sentence—through the mind of a girl who somehow finds a way past the horrors inside so seemingly harmless a thing as a seashell or beach ball—deeper into menace, lower into vice, farther into dark. Lines lose meaning in this world. Boundaries don't exist. What we think we see might be what is, but at every turn, we have to look again. Where is shelter? Where is safety? What does it mean to trust? I'd say not to read this book unless you're ready to see, yet that would prevent my saying how much you'd otherwise lose. You must absolutely read this book." -D. Foy, author of Made to Break

"Spread your hair above your head like a halo," insists The Photographer. Then he gets her. Each tense vignette in Quick Kills is a photo of quiet terror; the girl nude is everywhere and flayed. Like Nobel-winner Herta Muller, Lurie dissects, with terse particularity, the destruction of a girl-child, image by image. A book of great courage."
-Terese Svoboda, author of Bohemian Girl

"Quick Kills is a chronicle of bewilderment sprung from the terrible want to be wanted, the paralyzing flux of allegiances that keeps us pinned where we ought not be. Girls go missing as readily as shoes in this darkly suggestive novel; nobody's paying much attention but the predators, who are everywhere and swift. the reader is left to navigate by images, flashes in the dark- a drawer stuffed with frogs, a spatter of blood, a child in an empty swimming pool. Lurie insists that we look, keep looking, make beauty from the ruin, and live."
-Noy Holland, author of Swim for the Little One First