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New Novel About Punk Rock, Poetry and Suicide

According to author Andrew Foster Altschul, Lady Lazarus is a novel about punk rock, poetry and suicide. We'll talk to the former San Diegan about his new novel and the connections he sees between the

New Novel About Punk Rock, Poetry and Suicide

Tom Fudge: Lady Lararus is the name of a new novel by another writer with San Diego connections. Andrew Foster Altschul used to be the editor of Slam , a rock and roll magazine in San Diego. His novel borrows from that, in that its main character is a woman who is the daughter of a punk rocker who committed suicide when the girl was a toddler. She grows up in the shadow of her father's fame and his continuing fan base. After a troubled childhood with her troubling mother, the girl grows up to a be a confessional poet. In fact, the story is inspired by the work of a confessional poet named Sylvia Plath, who wrote a poem also called Lady Lazarus .

Andrew Altschul will be reading from his novel Lady Lazarus Monday May 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Winston's Beach Club in Ocean Beach.

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  • Andrew Foster Altschul teaches creative writing at Stanford.  He used to be the editor of a San Diego music magazine called Slam .  His first novel, Lady Lazarus, has just been published.
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