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How I Became a Famous Novelist

How I Became a Famous Novelist

"This is the funniest book I have read in my entire life. It makes me smile every time I see it on my bookcase. As a devoted book person its irreverent take on writing and the publishing industry delights me. If you also love books and this absurd novel is a hit it may make you 1) laugh out loud while reading in public, 2) think about it every time you come across certain phrases on a dust jacket for the next 10-15 years, and/or 3) never, ever be able to take a New York Times bestseller seriously ever again. Seriously, the main character’s Rules for Writing His Novel have haunted me for a decade. Truly, a joy to read."

Alex R.

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Author Steve Hely
Publisher Grove Press, Black Cat
Publication Date 2009
Section Fiction / All Staff Suggestions / Fiction Suggestions / Alex R.
Type New
Format Paperback
ISBN 9780802170606

What Pete Tarslaw wants is simple enough: a realistic amount of fame that will open new avenues of sexual opportunity; the kind of financial comfort that will allow him to spend his life pursuing hobbies such as boating or skeet shooting at his stately home by the ocean or a scenic lake; and-perhaps mostly importantly-the chance to humiliate his ex-girlfriend at her wedding. This is the story of how he succeeds in getting it all, and what it costs him in the end.

Narrated by an unlikely literary legend, How I Became A Famous Novelist pinballs from the post-college slums of Boston, to the fear-drenched halls of Manhattan's publishing houses, from the gloomy purity of Montana's foremost writing workshop to the hedonistic hotel bars of the Sunset Strip. The horrifying, hilarious tale of how Pete's "pile of garbage" called The Tornado Ashes Club became the most talked about, blogged about, read, admired, and reviled novel in America will change everything you think you know about literature, appearance, truth, beauty, and those people out there, somewhere in America, who still care about books.

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