Jessica Hagedorn’s addictive Toxicology:
The wretched lives of struggling New York artists make for vivid reading from the author of Dogeaters
By: Ruel S. De Vera, Philippine Daily Inquirer
This certainly isn’t for everyone. As a novel, “Toxicology” is all sharp edges and extended elbows. It’s an unconventional book that seeks to blindside you with the violence of its characters’ needs and the weight of all they have lost.
It reminds one of Darren Aronofsky’s film “Requiem for a Dream,” but where Aronofsky’s characters are shown in the process of devolving because of their drug use, “Toxicology” shows characters who have been immersed in their addiction for too long.
Hagedorn keeps you guessing with a continually changing format for her narration, the story changing shape to match whatever fearful goal Hagedorn has set for that particular chapter.