North & South - - Review - JUDITH BARAGWANATH


Tama Janowitz, au­thor of Slaves of New York, lived life large with the likes of Andy Warhol and Lou Reed. The 80s “It Girl” hung out at Stu­dio 54 do­ing the glam lit­er­ary brat-pack thing. Then, dis­as­ter! She ends up squat­ting in a trailer with a stroppy child and eight poo­dles; her beloved mother is dy­ing and her brother turns liti­gious. En­ter her bizarre psy­chi­a­trist fa­ther: “I am in the mid­dle of the woods with my kid, who is ap­ply­ing to col­lege,” writes Janowitz, “with this crazed old man who has drug deal­ers stop­ping by and can’t stop smok­ing pot and talk­ing about his guns. He’s nuts and dan­ger­ous!” The aptly named Scream is a grip­ping fam­ily feud fest. De­vour with rel­ish.

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