Set in Los Angeles in the early 1980's, Less than Zero has become a timeless classic. This coolly mesmerizing novel is a raw, powerful portrait of a lost generation who have experienced sex, drugs, and disaffection at too early an age. They live in a world shaped by casual nihilism, passivity, and too much money in a place devoid of feeling or hope.
Clay comes home for Christmas vacation from his Eastern college and re-enters a landscape of limitless privilege and absolute moral entropy, where everyone drives Porches, dines at Spago, and snorts mountains of cocaine. He tries to renew feelings for his girlfriend, Blair, and for his best friend from high school, Julian, who is careering into hustling and heroin. Clay's holiday turns into a dizzying spiral of desperation that takes him through the relentless parties in glitzy mansions, seedy bars, and underground rock clubs and also into the seamy world of L.A. after dark.
Bret Easton Ellis is the author of five novels, including
Less Than Zero, The Rules of Attraction, American Psycho, Glamorama, Lunar Park, and
Imperial Bedrooms, and a collection of stories,
The Informers. His works have been translated into twenty-seven languages.
Less Than Zero, The Rules of Attraction, American Psycho, and
The Informers have all been made into films. He lives in Los Angeles.