Cleans Up Nicely


"In this new century, a growing fascination with the Manhattan low-life of the 1970's is emerging...A significant new contribution to this genre is Cleans Up Nicely, sequel to Gringa in a Strange Land Nino Avante

"Not only a love affair with art, men, alcohol, drugs and jazz in
the swirl that was the downtown scene in a radically-evolving era
in New York, but also a resurrection from addiction and self-delusion."
Randolph Hogan, formerly an editor of The New York Times Book Review 

"A pitch-perfect picaresque tale of love lost and found, talent
squandered and reclaimed, friendship forgotten and redeemed,
set in gritty 1970's New York. At the center of the maelstrom is
an artist, Erica, whose will-she-or-won't-she heroine's journey
meanders through Manhattan's uptown art and literary scenes,
downtown dive bars, and Harlem salsa and jazz salons. It all adds
up to a creative cliffhanger that keeps us hooked till the surprising end."
Joan Duncan Oliver, author, most recently of The Meaning of Nice


Sometimes I feel I am those characters and the slide downward
is mine. I almost inhabit their world. A compelling and captivating
five star read. Laurel-Rain Snow

Especially for those of us who came of age in NYC in the late 60's
and 70's. She has so beautifully captured what it felt like in so many
different ways. Jon Bates

In this new century's second decade, a growing fascination with the
Manhattan low-life of the 1970s is emerging...A significant new 
contribution to this genre is Cleans Up Nicely, sequel to
Gringa in a Strange Land. Nino Avante 

Takes you on a wonderful journey with Erica and will have you
wanting a third Erica Mason novel. L. Laskey