People are afraid to merge on freeways in Los Angeles. And so begins the tale of Clay, an eighteen-year-old student returning home to LA for the Christmas vacation. Troublingly, his holiday rapidly becomes a dizzying spiral of desperation, filled with relentless drinking in louche bars and glamorous nightclubs, wild, drug-fuelled parties, and dispassionate sexual encounters in the rich suburban homes of affluent America. A fierce coming-of-age story about the casual nihilism that comes with youth and money in a world where people are truly afraid to merge, Less Than Zero is morally barren, ethically bereft, and tinged with the often violent but always inexorable consequences of such depravity.
Issued in this deluxe hardcover edition by Picador UK in 2010, at the same time as Imperial Bedrooms was written, it comes with a red glassine jacket, over illustrated boards, first edition thus. Originally published in 1985, it quickly became a cult classic.
Light edgewear to the cover corners, esp at top of spine.