The Perfume Burned His Eyes

The Perfume Burned His Eyes

Written by Michael Imperioli
Narrated by Michael Imperioli
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The Perfume Burned His Eyes

Written by Michael Imperioli | Narrated by Michael Imperioli
This poignant book — written by that guy from The Sopranos and Goodfellas — is hailed by Library Journal as “a spot-on coming-of-age novel… A winner.” After losing his father, Matthew is swept into a new, posh Manhattan lifestyle with his mother. As he searches for his footing, Matthew meets famous neighbor Lou Reed — and their friendship will alter his life forever.


Matthew is a 16-year-old living in Jackson Heights, Queens, in 1976. After he loses his two most important male role models, his father and grandfather, his mother uses her inheritance to uproot Matthew and herself to a posh apartment building in Manhattan. Although only three miles away from his boyhood home, “the city” is a completely new and strange world to Matthew.

Matthew soon befriends (and becomes a quasi-assistant to) Lou Reed, who lives with his transgender girlfriend, Rachel, in the same building. The drug-addled, artistic/shamanic musician eventually becomes an unorthodox father figure to Matthew, who finds himself head over heels for the mysterious Veronica, a wise-beyond-her-years girl he meets at his new school.

Written from the point of view of Matthew at age 18, two years after the story begins, the novel concludes with an epilogue in the year 2013, three days after Lou Reed’s death, with Matthew in his 50s.

Categories: General Fiction
Release Date: April 10, 2018
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
Run time: 4 hours and 51 minutes
Unabridged Audiobook

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