Hating Olivia: A Love Story (Paperback)
“A book of quiet horrors and beautifully expressed longing. . . . SaFranko’s prose is precise, flawless, and the work of a man who truly loves and understands great writing.” —Tony O'Neill, author of Sick City and Down and Out on Murder Mile
“SaFranko writes from the heart, and the balls, crafting a furious and passionate piece of work that is entirely his own, with some scenes that would make even Bukowski blush.” —Susan Tomaselli, editor of Dogmatika.com
Hating Olivia is acclaimed underground author Mark SaFranko’s darkly twisted story of two people’s descent into sex, obsession, and mutual destruction. A gritty confessional tale, Hating Olivia is sure to appeal to fans of Charles Bukowski, John Fante, and Huburt Selby, Jr.
“Safranko attaches a powerful message to an often painfully familiar story, about the individual versus the collective, the struggle to maintain the dream, and the importance of getting back up no matter how many times you fall.”
“”SaFranko’s prose is enthusiastically profane…as a narrator Max is engaging, funny and full of straight-talk….SaFranko has a talent for two-fisted, Bukowski-esque prose…”
“Hating Olivia is a novel about youth, passion and irresponsibility….If your literary taste runs to writers like Henry Miller and Charles Bukowski, Celine and Anais Nin, Hating Olivia is a novel you’ll like.”
Hating Olivia is a remarkable tale of obsession and lust, a stunning portrait of a dangerously alienated hero masterfully told. You will not be able to put it down.”
“Hating Olivia is the kind of book - the kind of memoir - that must have been lived first. Survived. So strap yourself in. It’s time for a real treat.”
“... a book of quiet horrors and beautifully expressed longing... SaFranko’s prose is precise, flawless and the work of a man who truly loves and understands great writing.”
“...radiates with an identifiable heartbreaking nostalgia that renders its affect timeless....Hating Olivia is a swift kick in the balls to modern fiction.
“SaFranko writes from the heart, and the balls, crafting a furious and passionate piece of work that is entirely his own, with some scenes that would make even Bukowski blush.”
“Throughout Hating Olivia, SaFranko shows his versatility and skill as a writer by making something supremely difficult look easy as hell.”
“...difficult to put down...an intense snapshot of love.”