Grove Press
Grove Press
Grove Press

Suicide Blonde

by Darcey Steinke

“Hallucinatory, dystopian . . . a disturbing, poisonous fable of the dire consequences of derailed passion.” –The New York Times

  • Imprint Grove Paperback
  • Page Count 192
  • Publication Date June 13, 2017
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-2734-1
  • Dimensions 5.5" x 8.25"
  • US List Price $16.00

About The Book

A tour-de-force from one of the most daring and sensuous young writers in America, Suicide Blonde is the intensely erotic story of a young woman’s sexual and psychological odyssey, which Vanity Fair has called “a provocative tour through the dark side.” Jesse, a beautiful twenty-nine-year-old, is adrift in San Francisco’s demimonde of sexually ambiguous, drug-taking outsiders, desperately trying to sustain a connection with her bisexual boyfriend Bell. She becomes caretaker and confidante to Madame Pig, a grotesque, besotted recluse. Jesse also meets Madison, Pig’s daughter or lover or both, who uses others’ desires for her own purposes, and who leads Jesse into a world beyond all boundaries. A sensational novel published in nine languages, Suicide Blonde is a startling, knowing expurgation of identity and time, as well as the common, and now tainted, language of sexuality.

Tags Literary


“A shocking and electrifying journey into the inferno of sexual obsession.”—Details

“Erotic . . . beautifully crafted prose.”—Time

“The diary of a death wish . . . Suicide Blonde doles out some bitter, valuable lessons.”—The New Yorker

“Hallucinatory, dystopian . . . a disturbing, poisonous fable of the dire consequences of derailed passion.”—The New York Times

‘steinke has a diabolical grasp of the willfulness of decadence, the ambiguity of sexuality, and the transmutability of identity. . . . [Suicide Blonde is an] electrifying tale with the ambience of a Warhol or John Waters film. Edgy and powerful stuff.”—Booklist

‘suicide Blonde is in the tradition of Djuna Barnes, Georges Bataille, and Marguerite Duras. It’s about . . . the part of town where you’re not supposed to go, beauty where there shouldn’t be any.”—Robert Olmstead