The Love Song of Jonny Valentine
By Teddy Wayne
(Simon & Schuster, Paperback, 9781476705866, 285pp.)
Publication Date: February 4, 2014
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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" (Oprah.com'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).