Stars Screaming

Open Road + Grove/Atlantic, 15 oct. 2014 - 336 pages
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“A cross between The Player, The Day of the Locust, and Sunset Boulevard . . . A gritty, bizarre, yet all-too-believable Tinseltown epic.” —Detour
Ray Burk is a disillusioned network censor struggling to break into the business as a screenwriter. But it’s the drama of his personal life that occupies him most—as his unbalanced wife Sandra and neglected son grow more and more detached from the real world. Trying to make sense of it all, Burk spends days on marathon drives through Los Angeles, cruising from one idea to the next in hopes of making it rich.
Then Ray crosses paths with a young victim of a Hollywood dream turned nightmare. Her story is one of vengeance and dark secrets, and Ray can’t resist its infernal pull. But in a world of make-believe, his descent into the twilight underworld of the City of Angels may be too real to escape.
Taking us beyond the shimmering marquees of Hollywood into back streets strewn with the fallout of fame and fortune, “Stars Screaming is an astonishing debut. I couldn’t put it down” (Anne Lamott, New York Times–bestselling author of Hallelujah Anyway).

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So many recent Hollywood novels rationalize the present state of moviemaking in America that it's refreshing to find this first novel by screenwriter Kaye set firmly in the tradition of Nathanael West ... Consulter l'avis complet

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This first novel by screenwriter John Kaye (American Hot Wax, Where the Buffalo Roam) is about first-time screenwriter Ray Burk, who takes to driving relentlessly around L.A. to escape the anxieties ... Consulter l'avis complet

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Section 1
Section 2
Section 3
Section 4
Section 5
Section 6
Section 7
Section 8
Section 13
Section 14
Section 15
Section 16
Section 17
Section 18
Section 19
Section 20

Section 9
Section 10
Section 11
Section 12
Section 21
Section 22
Section 23
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“An utterly original L.A. novel . . . the fiction debut of the year.”—Newsday, from Our Favorite Books of the Year

“A cross between The Player, The Day of the Locust, and Sunset Boulevard . . . Stars Screaming is a gritty, bizarre, yet all-too-believable Tinseltown epic that confirms our worst suspicions about the myths, legends, and ugly truths that have made the Dream Factory a waking nightmare for those more sensitive souls pining to be in pictures.”—Detour

Stars Screaming is an astonishing debut. I couldn’t put it down.”—Anne Lamott, author of Bird by Bird

“Kaye describes the city in richly evocative detail, suffusing it with real feeling. . . . His Los Angeles is replete with awful happenings, but it’s also beguiling—a magic space where human dreams have the chance to incarnate (though usually to fall).”—Gary Indiana, Los Angeles Times Book Review

“John Kaye knows this ultra-noir territory well, expertly drawing us into a sad and frightening world.”—Ruth Coughlin, The New York Times Book Review

“Kaye has a pitch-perfect ear for his hometown and such a generous heart for his characters that you can’t help but adore his Burk. A kind of Bruce Wagner with soul, Kaye follows in the tradition of Nathaniel West, whose Day of the Locust was, until now, the book about the seamy flipside of a glittery world.”—Sara Nelson, America Online: The Book Report

“Kaye’s touch is so light, the naturalism of his scenes is like an ambush.”—Greil Marcus, Interview
“This is an extraordinary, imaginative work . . . a real zinger, like Six Degrees of Separation spanning three decades of Hollywood history.”—Library Journal
“Set firmly in the tradition of Nathanael West. Here’s the sordid underside of big-time film, incorporating that most elusive of qualities in movieland—a sense of history. . . . Memorably captures the sprawling madness and demonic myths of America’s dream factory.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Kaye has a feeling for quick-and-dirty drama and 1940s­70s Southern California scenery that marks him as a veteran of the lots.”—Publishers Weekly
“In his richly atmospheric first novel, screenwriter Kaye conjures a Hollywood peopled by emotionally damaged women and inebriated, over-the-hill actors. . . . Using cinematic vignettes, Kaye offers a dark, bittersweet portrait of Hollywood’s bit players.”—Booklist

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