Meet K, a heroin-addicted high-end prostitute who loves drugstore sushi. Staccato-like vignettes take us through a year in her life. The writing is sparse and brutal, sexy and repellent. The story is riveting and hypnotic, making it impossible to look away. This novel is not for everyone but I think it's remarkable. The conclusion left me speechless and lingered in my thoughts for days.— Trey
“No one is just one thing. Take K, for instance: She spends her days getting just high enough and managing the men who pay her for sex. Time passes in a blur of heroin, hedonism, and risky sushi from Duane Reade, but underneath that routine is something else. And it is this something else that is with K all the time, throughout the manicures and the art films and the stain on the ceiling above her bed and the memories of what came before. Who is K, really? Ultraluminous is raw, hideous, and beautiful, an open wound of a book.”
— Lauren Peugh, Powell's Books, Inc, Portland, OR
One of The New Yorker's "Books We Loved in 2017," a BOMB Magazine "Looking Back on 2017: Literature" Selection, and one of Vulture's 10 Best Thriller Books of 2017.
From Katherine Faw—the author of the critically-acclaimed Young God, longlisted for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize—comes Ultraluminous, a provocative and scintillating novel of one woman’s journey through a life of money, sex, and power.
Girlfriend. Prostitute. Addict. Terrorist? Who is K?
A high-end, girlfriend-experience prostitute called K has just returned to her native New York City, after more than a decade abroad in Dubai with a man she recalls as the Sheikh. She sets up a rotation of clients—all of them in finance, each with different delusions of how he is important to her—and makes time for a former Army Ranger who served in Afghanistan, whom she doesn’t charge.
Her days are strangely orderly: a repetition of dinners, personal grooming, museum exhibitions, sex, Duane Reades (she likes the sushi), cosmology, sex, gallery shows, nightclubs, heroin, sex, and art films. She finds the pattern substantiating, but does she really believe it’s sustainable? Or do the barely discernible rifts suggest a pattern within the pattern, a larger scheme she’s not showing us, a truth that won’t be revealed until we can see everything?
Praise for Ultraluminous
"Startling, poignant, raw . . . The success of Faw's seismic story lies in a protagonist who, however improbably her life, is dynamic, true, and ultimately her own savior. Daring and original." —Katharine Uhrich, Booklist
"Faw’s second novel (after Young God) pulses with an irresistible voice and the sense of impending catastrophe . . . Faw’s writing is raw . . . an exceptionally clear and memorable prose style." —Publishers Weekly
Praise for Young God
“Badass.” —Vanity Fair
“Addictive.” —Jeva Lange, Vice
“Seductive . . . Reading [Young God] is like having a bottle rocket go off in your hands.” —Lisa Shea, Elle
“A powerful portrait of humanity in the face of everyday atrocity . . . It’s a quick read but likely to leave even the sturdiest stunned.” —Eimear McBride, The Guardian
“Invoking the dysfunctional families and bleak landscapes of Flannery O’Connor, William Faulkner, and Dorothy Allison . . . Young God is boundary-pushing fiction at its best.” —Julie Hakim Azzam, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Sweet Jesus is Young God terrifying and great. Katherine Faw Morris’s style is singular and ferocious and Nikki is one of the toughest, most electrifying, most unforgettable heroines I have ever encountered on the page. This is a furious blaze of a book that will rough you up and reorder your sense of the world and what’s possible in it. It’s a debut for the ages. Read it.” —Laura van den Berg, author of The Isle of Youth
“Radical, and at times shocking . . . An altogether remarkable debut.” —Peter Carty, Financial Times
“Like a bullet, like a bolt of lightning, like a speeding car, this debut novel goes faster and harder than anything you're likely to read this year.” —Stacey D’Erasmo, author of The Art of Intimacy
“Katherine Faw Morris delivers a brassknuckled gut-punch.” —Alex Houston, Newcity Lit
“Poetic, grim, and beautifully dark . . . Morris writes with splendid economy, chapters short as contests, and plenty of slashing insights on the rough world of throwaway lives and varieties of wrong.” —Daniel Woodrell, author of Winter’s Bone