The Goodbye People
Long before the term Generation X was coined, Gavin Lambert captured the seedy landscape of Los Angeles in absolute moral and physical decay. The Goodbye People is a danse macabre, with a group of ill-assorted people who are ?always changing their addresses and phone numbers as well as their lives?. In an atmosphere of self-indulgence, blight and emptiness, they revolve around one another weaving together their dreams and nightmares to create a complex pattern of despair. The beautiful people who populate Lambert's novel are both the very rich and the very poor: what intrinsically links them is an all-pervading sense of aimlessness. First published in 1971, The Goodbye People is an enduring classic, and one of the most incisive takes on Hollywood ever written. With The Slide Area, Inside Daisy Clover and Running Time, The Goodbye People forms a revelatory ?Hollywood Quartet? of lives in one of the most extraordinary cities in the world.