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The Love Song of Jonny Valentine A Novel

ISBN: 9781476705859 | 1476705852
Edition: 1st
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Free Press
Pub. Date: 2/5/2013

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For fans of A Visit from the Goon Squadand Joyce Carol Oates's Blonde, a scathing and unputdownable new novel about America's monstrous obsession with fame, from the winner of a 2011 Whiting Writers' Award. Megastar Jonny Valentine, eleven-year-old icon of bubblegum-pop, knows that the fans don't love him for who he is. His image, his voice, and even his hairdo have been packagedby his LA label and by his hard-partying manager-motherinto bite-size pieces for easy digestion, sliding down the gullet of mass culture, the biggest appeal to the widest demographic. But inside the relentless marketing machine, somewhere, is still a little boy, devoted to his mother and determined to find his absent father among the countless, faceless fans. Isn't there? A twisted, brilliant, and viciously funny coming-of-age story set inside corporate arenas and luxury hotel suites, Teddy Wayne's The Love Song of Jonny Valentineexplores with devastating clarity the underbelly of fame in twenty-first century America's celebrity culture, told through the eyes of one of the most unforgettable child narrators since Holden Caulfield. From the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of Kapitoil, this new novel is a literary masterpiece by one of the standout writers of his generation.

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