Imperial Bedrooms

By Bret Easton Ellis
(Knopf, Hardcover, 9780307266101, 192pp.)

Publication Date: June 15, 2010

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Bret Easton Ellis’s debut, Less Than Zero, is one of the signal novels of the last thirty years, and he now follows those infamous teenagers into an even more desperate middle age.

Clay, a successful screenwriter, has returned from New York to Los Angeles to help cast his new movie, and he’s soon drifting through a long-familiar circle. Blair, his former girlfriend, is married to Trent, an influential manager who’s still a bisexual philanderer, and their Beverly Hills parties attract various levels of fame, fortune and power. Then there’s Clay’s childhood friend Julian, a recovering addict, and their old dealer, Rip, face-lifted beyond recognition and seemingly even more sinister than in his notorious past.

But Clay’s own demons emerge once he meets a gorgeous young actress determined to win a role in his movie. And when his life careens completely out of control, he has no choice but to plumb the darkest recesses of his character and come to terms with his proclivity for betrayal.

A genuine literary event.

About the Author

Bret Easton Ellis is also the author of American Psycho, Glamorama, The Informers, Less Than Zero, Lunar Park and The Rules of Attraction. His work has been translated into twenty-seven languages. He lives in Los Angeles.

Saturday, Jul 31, 2010

Thanks to his debut novel Less Than Zero, Bret Easton Ellis became one of the literary brand names of the 1980s. He's just written a quarter-century-later sequel called Imperial Bedrooms. He talks with host Guy Raz about his new book and his friendship with fellow '80s icon Jay McInerney. More at

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Saturday, Jul 31, 2010

While Bret Easton Ellis was writing the sequel to his seminal 1980s book, Less Than Zero, Jay McInerney was learning about Hollywood's new plans for his trailblazing novel Bright Lights, Big City. He tells host Guy Raz about plans to remake the movie and set it in 2010 -- and about how the two authors began sharing characters. More at

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