by Ali Liebegott
City Lights. 248 pages, $15.95
ALI LIEBEGOTT’S FICTION is in a direct line of descent from the road trip novels of the Beat Generation, the writers who chronicled the lives of outsiders in the conservative 1950s. In Liebegott’s work, the marginalized status of her characters is directly related to their gender fluidity and sexual nonconformity.
Theo, the central character of Cha-Ching!, is described from a complex third-person viewpoint as a queer person who moved to San Francisco after high school but found no security in the gay mecca.