Pop Salvation (Paperback)

By Lance Reynald

Harper Perennial, 9780061672972, 242pp.

Publication Date: June 23, 2009



Caleb Watson is not like the other children at his Washington, D.C., private school. Having skipped a grade--and being younger and smaller than the rest of the boys--he finds that his Southern accent and sensitive, reserved nature set him even further apart. Caleb simply does not belong.

But on a field trip to the art museum, Caleb discovers his hero--his icon--when he is exposed to the art of Andy Warhol. In the beauty of the things that don't fit, in the art and philosophy of Pop plus the glorious camp of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and its creatures of the night, Caleb will find sanctuary, transforming himself and the eccentric friends he meets along the way into his own little version of Warhol's Factory.

Praise For Pop Salvation

“In the end, Caleb’s journey is one of forging his own identity apart from Warhol and Rocky [Horror Picture Show], but it’s his obsession with these characters that readers will find most fascinating.”

“Touching and darkly humorous”
-Modern Tonic

“Pop is an explosive summer read....A must buy for summer reading for anyone who remembers the ‘80s, or wishes they did. Reynald trips through the twilight years of Andy Warhol and wraps readers in the world of art, sexuality and pop culture.”

“Pop Salvation is a genius take on discovering who you are by becoming what you most admire. If I didn’t know better, I’d think Lance Reynald watched me grow up. Marvelously endearing and insightful.”

“Pop Salvation is full of mirrors that reflect the struggle between personality and persona, between the peepers and those being peeped, with a fresh breeze of dark humor rushing through. Remarkable.”
-Heather McElhatton, author of Pretty Little Mistakes

“Lance Reynald’s seductively nuanced portrait of a pop-infatuated Holden Caulfield is as vivid and inspired as a Warhol painting—and every bit as compelling.”
-Steve Kluger, author of Almost Like Being in Love