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    DescriptionThe actors in James Franco's brilliant debut novel include a McDonald's drive-thru operator who spends his shift trying on accents; an ex-child star recalling a massive beachside bacchanal; hospital volunteers and Midwestern transplants; a vampire flick starlet who discovers a cryptic book written by a famous actor gone AWOL; and the ghost of River Phoenix. Then there's Franco himself, who prowls backstage, peering out between the lines--before taking the stage with fascinating meditations on his art, along with nightmarish tales of excess. "Hollywood has always been a private club," he writes. "I open the gates. I say welcome. I say, "Look inside."" Told in a dizzying array of styles--from lyric essays and disarming testimonials to hilariously rambling text messages and ghostly footnotes--and loosely modeled on Alcoholics Anonymous's Twelve "Steps and Twelve Traditions, Actors Anonymous" is an intense, wild ride into the dark heart of celebrity.


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    Title
    Actors Anonymous
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) James Franco
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 159 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 27 mm
    Weight: 490 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780544114531
    ISBN 10: 0544114531
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    DC21: 813.6
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15580
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    DC22: 813/.6
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 74
    BISAC V2.8: PER001000
    LC subject heading: , , , , ,
    BISAC V2.8: BIO026000, FIC000000
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    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
    LC classification: PS3606.R37523 A64 2013
    Edition statement
    New.
    Publisher
    New Harvest
    Imprint name
    New Harvest
    Publication date
    15 October 2013
    Review quote
    "Subversively funny and provocatively honest, "Actors Anonymous" is ostensibly about acting but it's really about a society where everyone's reduced to the roles they play. The novel's many narrators fight back against these roles in truly original, often hilarious, and deeply affecting ways. So should we all." -Gary Shteyngart, author of "Super Sad True Love Story""""Electrifying to see a writer hold nothing back! This shape-shifting narrative extends a reader's sense of what a novel can be, can do. Franco plays with persona in ways that implicate a reader. The defiant humor is hard-won (including the best worst job interview ever), his take on irresponsible people is both eloquent and suitably scorching, the language is enviable: the seduction of a virgin is 'like a bullet through a birthday cake.' Franco's novel lures you in with indelible images, provocative mind games, and characters laid bare, then successfully strands you in a frightening place." -Amy Hempel "James Franco puts on a James Franco mask and borrows formats from AA to create a fiction about the fiction of identity--especially as it pertains to actors and, by logical extension, writers. Is fame (the longing for it, the actuality of it) as entangled in the creative act as alcohol? Is acting (writing) an escape from reality or the only thing that's real for an actor (writer)? The illusion of reality and the reality of fiction hold hands in this novel in much the way that actors (and writers) steal from their lives to enliven their characters. The novel does not merely explore acting, it enacts it. This is a lively, strange, engaging, often funny, sometimes brilliant, and utterly fearless novel." -Robert Boswell, author of "Tumbledown, ""The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards, " and "The Half-Known World"