Author(s): Kathy Acker
Great Expectationsis a punk, fairytale reimagining of Charles Dickens's original masterpiece. Pip, our narrator -familiar and unfamiliar - is transplanted to New York City in the 1980s; an orphan whose adventures incorporate desire, gender and identity, the dislocation between sex and love, art and creativity, social unrest, feminism, porn and sadism. She/he becomes a sailor, a pirate, a rebeland an outlaw. Kathy Acker is a literary anarchist and here she is at the very top of her riotous game.