The Love Song of Jonny Valentine

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The Love Song of Jonny Valentine

By Teddy Wayne

Simon & Schuster, Paperback, 9781476705866, 285pp.

Publication Date: February 4, 2014

One of the most critically acclaimed books of the year, Whiting Award-winner Teddy Wayne's second novel is more than a scabrous sendup of American celebrity culture; it's also a poignant portrait of one young artist's coming of age (Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times") and an enduring yet timely portrait of the American dream gone awry.
In his rave on the cover of "The New York Times Book Review," Jess Walter praised Wayne's writing for its feats of unlikely virtuosity and the boy at its center as a being of true longing and depth, and a devastating weapon of cultural criticism You d have to be made of triple platinum not to ache for Jonny Valentine.
With assured prose and captivating storytelling ('s Book of the Week), "The Love Song of Jonny Valentine" also showcases one of the most complicated portrayals of the mother-son relationship since "Room" ("BookPage"). Touring the country in a desperate attempt to save a career he's not sure he even wants, Jonny is both driven by his mother's ambition and haunted by his father's absence, constantly searching for a familiar face among the crowds. Utterly convincing, whip-smart, yet endearingly vulnerable, with an unforgettable voice ("Publishers Weekly," starred review), the eleven-year-old pop megastar sounds like Holden Caulfield Jr. adrift in "Access Hollywood" hell ("Rolling Stone").
Called a showstopper ("The Boston Globe"), hugely entertaining ("The Washington Post"), heartbreakingly convincing ("People"), buoyant, smart, searing ("Entertainment Weekly"), and touching and unexpectedly suspenseful ("The Wall Street Journal"), this extraordinary novel has been widely embraced as a literary masterpiece and the rare satire with a heart ("Library Journal," starred review).

About the Author
Teddy Wayne, the author of "Loner", "The Love Song of Jonny Valentine", and "Kapitoil", is the winner of a Whiting Writers Award and an NEA Fellowship as well as a finalist for the Young Lions Fiction Award, PEN/Bingham Prize, and Dayton Literary Peace Prize. He writes regularly for "The New Yorker", "The New York Times", "Vanity Fair", " McSweeney s", and elsewhere. He lives in New York.