Dead Stars

By Bruce Wagner
(Blue Rider Press, Hardcover, 9780399159350, 604pp.)

Publication Date: August 2, 2012

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"Dead Stars" is Bruce Wagner's ("I'm Losing You)" 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.

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.

About the Author
Bruce Wagner is the author of "The Chrysanthemum Palace" (a PEN Faulkner fiction award finalist); "Still Holding"; "I'll Let You Go" (a PEN USA fiction award finalist); "I'm Losing You"; and "Force Majeure". He lives in Los Angeles.
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