Dead [star]s

Dead [star]s

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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.

Publisher: New York : Blue Rider Press, c2012.
ISBN: 9780399159350
Branch Call Number: WAG
Characteristics: 604 p. ; 24 cm.
Alternative Title: Dead stars


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LibDoc Aug 31, 2012

I reserved "Dead Stars" after reading a good review in the Wall Street Journal (July 25, 2012). As a satire on modern Hollywood, you might expect some of the narrative to delve into pretty low-life subject matter. Oh yes, to the nth degree; after 50 pages, this book has been mostly focused on hard core pornographic descriptions. This book is beyond repulsive. Maybe that's the author's intent - be repulsed and disgusted. Now let me read another 550 pages to feel really repulsed.

The author seems to have done his research in porn - you'll need to Google to find out what his characters are obsessed about (on second thought, that's not a good idea). Maybe the story goes somewhere in the next 550 pages. There may even be a few who can get some literary satisfaction from wallowing in "modern literature". Bruce Wagner has apparently even won literary awards - what standards we have today! Might even be some academic pinhead eager to put it on a "Must read" library list.
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