Written between 1994 and 2002, The Sluts is a black sheep cousin to Dennis Cooper's internationally acclaimed George Miles Cycle.
Set largely on the pages of a website where gay male escorts are reviewed by their clients, and told through the postings, emails, and conversations of several dozen unreliable narrators, The Sluts chronicles the evolution of one young escort's date with a satisfied client into a metafiction of pornography, lies, half-truths, and myth. Explicit, shocking, comical, and displaying the author's signature flair for blending structural complexity with direct, stylish, accessible language, The Sluts is Cooper's most transgressive novel since Frisk, and one of his most innovative works of fiction to date.
Review / interview links:
The Void Books interview with Dennis Cooper can be seen here
The Sluts is reviewed in the Village Voice! Dennis Lim’s epic take on the novel, “His Loose Thread,” can be seen here.
The Sluts is reviewed in L.A. Weekly! Brandon Stosuy’s laudatory piece, “The Last Hurrah,” can be seen here.
Dennis Cooper discusses his literary oeuvre, including The Sluts, with reporter Justin Taylor for Bookslut here.