Chinese Gucci


Chinese Gucci


Chinese Gucci’s main character, Akira, is maddening, endearing, troublesome, wounded, lonely, lazy, and a tremendously enthralling ne'er-do-well. A modern Ignatius J. Reilly selling knock-off Chinese Gucci on eBay. You’ll love him and hate him, you’ll want to save him and throw him off a building. Hosho McCreesh is a serious talent and Chinese Gucci is a tremendous debut.”

— Willy Vlautin, author of Don’t Skip Out on Me

Fired from his fast-food job, stunted Millennial Akira Nakimura stumbles on to a lucrative hustle: selling high-quality knockoff designer purses as the real-deal via his dead mother's eBay store. On his south-of-the-border runs, Akira routinely gets in over his obnoxious and over-privileged head -- only finding solace at the Hotel Tulum. What will he do when his hyper-masculine façades crumble and all he's left with is the hard and ugly truth of his life?

DrunkSkull Books is proud to present this subtle American allegory and first novel by Hosho McCreesh

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“Hosho McCreesh's Chinese Gucci is a raw portrait of modern American desolation and loneliness. Mesmerizing and unsettling, it takes us from the desert to the dark alleys of the internet. At its center is a lost kid, Akira, caught up in the gears of a wild world. A killer debut novel by one of my favorite contemporary poets.”

— William Boyle, author of Gravesend & The Lonely Witness

Chinese Gucci, in the embodiment of Akira Nakimura, is a fantastically written desolate portrait of today's rootless youth navigating this inverted totalitarian, tech-junkied, consumerist piece of steaming shit called America that has smugly sat its fat, racist, rotting lilly white ass on stolen land for over two hundred and forty years.”

— John Grochalski, author of The Librarian & Wine Clerk

“I knew the sentences and images in McCreesh's debut novel would be topnotch, given his background as poet. But what makes Chinese Gucci so memorable is its main character, a kind of 21st century Holden Caulfield. Akira is compelling and terrifying, allowing us to occupy and understand a troubled psyche.”

— Joshua Mohr, author of Sirens & All This Life

“Somewhere between a Harmony Korine film and a Tao Lin novel, Chinese Gucci is a book about desire and greed and being too spoiled to figure out your dreams. It’s a book about being alive in the 21st century and maybe what all our futures will look like—buying and selling and gaming and drinking and drugging. Nights in Mexico. Days on the computer. Forgetting the difference between what’s real and fake. The edges on this novel are sharp enough to cut the reader’s throat. Filled with text messages and prose as clean as the best dirty realists, Chinese Gucci is a novel filled with characters no one wants, characters who do despicable things, characters who most of us are, and we all need to read it.”

— Dave Newman, author of The Poem Factory & Two Small Birds

Chinese Gucci is raunchy, scabrously funny, and downright brilliant. Hosho McCreesh has somehow written the funniest book about existential horror that I have ever read and I cannot wait to see what he does next.”

— Tony O'Neill, author of Sick City

“With Chinese Gucci, Hosho McCreesh explores 21st century connection, disconnection, consumerism, and capitalism through the eyes of a lost Asian-American millennial on the New Mexico/Mexico border. And he leaves us wondering, once again, if the kids are alright.”

— Chris Oxley, Holler Presents

“A Catcher in the Rye for the 21st century. Chinese Gucci is honest—at times experimental, at times skinned down to Hosho McCreesh's roots as a poet—and always trying to drill to the core of its drifting, unforgettable protagonist, Akira.”

— Steph Post, author of Miraculum & A Tree Born Crooked

“I'm not sure how much a blurb from an obscure writer will help, I'm shit at blurbs. Chinese Gucci is uniquely American and reads very clean and lucid, a vivid representation of real American lives, as opposed to all that Hollywood crap. It's a great novel, amigos.”

— Joseph Ridgwell, author of Burrito Deluxe

“In his first novel, Hosho McCreesh brazenly pulls no punches, just like he has always done with both his poetry and art. His ability to take risks, not only pays off, but sets him apart from other writers, who often follow conventions rather than their hearts, His uncanny ability to translate the human condition into words truly resonates and lingered long after I finished the book.”

— Rebecca Schumejda, Author of Cadillac Men