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- Publisher: Penguin USA
- Format: Paperback | 336 pages
- Dimensions: 138mm x 212mm x 20mm | 281g
- Publication date: 25 October 2011
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 0143120093
- ISBN 13: 9780143120094
- Edition statement: Revised ed.
- Sales rank: 250,487
A moving, vividly rendered novel from the author of "The Basketball Diaries"Suffused with Jim Carroll's humor and sharp wit, his delicate yet hallucinatory imagery, and his cool, sophisticated, streetsmart voice, "The Petting Zoo" is a frank, haunting examination of one artist's personal and spiritual quest. Billy Wolfram, an enigmatic thirty-eight- year-old star of the late -1980s New York art scene, views a show of VelAzquez paintings and is so humbled by their spiritual power that he suffers an emotional breakdown and retreats to his Chelsea loft. In seclusion, he recalls the most emblematic moments and figures of his childhood and early career as he searches to recover the spark of inspiration in his own work and life.
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Jim Carroll (1949-2009) was the author of two acclaimed memoirs, "The Basketball Diaries"-a bestseller that was adapted as a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio in 1995-and "Forced Entries: The Downtown Diaries 1971-1973," as well as several collections of poetry.