Dead [star]s

Dead [star]s

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Penguin Putnam
Dead Stars is the London Fields of Los Angeles, the Ulysses of TMZ culture—an immensely literate, fearsomely interior novel about people who are neither.” —Tom Bissell, GQ

At age thirteen, Telma is famous as the world’s youngest breast cancer survivor until threatened with obscurity by a four-year-old who’s just undergone a mastectomy…. Reeyonna believes that auditioning for pregnant teenage porn will help fulfill her dream of befriending Kanye West…. Jackie, a photographer once celebrated for arty nudes of her young daughter, is working at a Sears Family Portrait boutique…. And Oscar-winning Michael Douglas searches for meaning while his wife, Catherine, guest-stars on Glee.

Moving forward with the inexorable force of a tsunami, Dead Stars is Bruce Wagner’s most lavish and remarkable translation yet of the national zeitgeist: post-privacy porn culture, a Kardashianworld of rapid-cycling, disposable narrative where reality-show triumph is the new American narcotic.


Random House, Inc.
Dead Stars is the London Fields of Los Angeles, the Ulysses of TMZ culture—an immensely literate, fearsomely interior novel about people who are neither.” —Tom Bissell,GQ

At age thirteen, Telma is famous as the world’s youngest breast cancer survivor until threatened with obscurity by a four-year-old who’s just undergone a mastectomy…. Reeyonna believes that auditioning for pregnant teenage porn will help fulfill her dream of befriending Kanye West…. Jackie, a photographer once celebrated for arty nudes of her young daughter, is working at a Sears Family Portrait boutique…. And Oscar-winning Michael Douglas searches for meaning while his wife, Catherine, guest-stars onGlee.

Moving forward with the inexorable force of a tsunami, Dead Stars is Bruce Wagner’s most lavish and remarkable translation yet of the national zeitgeist: post-privacy porn culture, a Kardashianworld of rapid-cycling, disposable narrative where reality-show triumph is the new American narcotic.

Baker & Taylor
Traces the experiences of very young breast cancer survivor Telma, who crosses paths with actor Michael Douglas during the latter's efforts to achieve his professional dream against a backdrop of riotous Hollywood culture. By the PEN Faulkner finalist author of The Chrysanthemum Palace.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Group, 2013, c2012
ISBN: 9780142196878
Branch Call Number: FIC WAG
Characteristics: 604 p. ;,22 cm.
Alternative Title: Dead stars

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LibDoc Aug 31, 2012

I reserved "Dead Stars" after reading a good review in the Wall Street Journal (July 25, 2012). As a satire on modern Hollywood, you might expect some of the narrative to delve into pretty low-life subject matter. Oh yes, to the nth degree; after 50 pages, this book has been mostly focused on hard core pornographic descriptions. This book is beyond repulsive. Maybe that's the author's intent - be repulsed and disgusted. Now let me read another 550 pages to feel really repulsed.

The author seems to have done his research in porn - you'll need to Google to find out what his characters are obsessed about (on second thought, that's not a good idea). Maybe the story goes somewhere in the next 550 pages. There may even be a few who can get some literary satisfaction from wallowing in "modern literature". Bruce Wagner has apparently even won literary awards - what standards we have today! Might even be some academic pinhead eager to put it on a "Must read" library list.
Advice: check out just about any other book in the ClevNet system.

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