By Bruce Wagner
(Blue Rider Press, Hardcover, 9780399159350, 604pp.)
Publication Date: August 2, 2012
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At age thirteen, Telma is famous as the world's youngest breast cancer survivor until threatened with obscurity by a four-year-old Canadian who's just undergone a mastectomy Reeyonna believes that auditioning for pregnant-teen porn online will help fulfill her dream of befriending Jennifer Lawrence and Kanye West Biggie, the neurologically impaired adolescent son of a billionaire, spends his days Google Map-searching his mother-who abandoned home and family for a new love Jacquie, a photographer once celebrated for taking arty nudes of her young daughter, is broke and working at Sears Family Portrait Boutique Tom-Tom, a singer/drug dealer thrown off the third season of "American Idol" for concocting a hard-luck story, is hell-bent on creating her own TV series in the Hollywood Hills, peopled by other reality-show losers Jerzy, her sometime lover, is a speed-freak paparazzo who specializes in capturing images of dying movie and television stars And Oscar-winning Michael Douglas searches for meaning in his time of remission.While his wife, Catherine, guest-stars on "Glee," the actor plans a bold, artistic, go-for-broke move: to star in and direct a remake of Bob Fosse's "All That Jazz "
There is nothing quite like a Bruce Wagner novel.His prose is captivating and exuberant, and surprises with profound truths on spirituality, human nature, and redemption."Dead Stars" moves forward with the inexorable force of a tsunami, sweeping everyone in its fateful path.With its mix of imaginary and real-life characters, it is certain to be the most challenging, knowing, and controversial book of the year.