Dead Stars is Bruce Wagner's most lavish and remarkable translation yet of the national Zeitgeist: post-privacy porn culture, a Kardashian World 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 whos 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 a 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. . . . 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, from the Peninsula Hotel: to star in and direct a remake of Bob Fosse's All That Jazz. . . .
There is nothing quite like a Bruce Wagner novelhis 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 up 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.
"Written in hyper-hilarious, brilliant prose, the book renders an obsessive pop-culture nightmare of surprising realism and light, illuminating the meanest corners of its characters' - and our culture's - desperation." - Publishers Weekly
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Bruce Wagner was born March 15, 1954. In his twenties, Wagner began writing articles for magazines, and writing scripts. His first book, Force Majeure: The Bud Wiggins Stories was self published; the book was well reviewed and led to a publishing deal with Random House.
He has written essays and op-ed pieces for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Art Forum and Vanity Fair, in addition to multiple books. His novel Still Holding was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and The Chrysanthemum Palace was a PEN/Faulkner finalist in 2006
Wagner married actress Rebecca De Mornay in 1986, and the couple divorced in 1990. He married Laura Peterson in 2009, and currently lives in Los Angeles.
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