Palo Alto

Palo Alto

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By (author) James Franco

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  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Fiction
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 208mm x 20mm | 299g
  • Publication date: 1 August 2011
  • ISBN 10: 0571273181
  • ISBN 13: 9780571273188
  • Sales rank: 1,672

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"Palo Alto" is the debut of a powerful new literary voice. Written with an immediacy and sense of place "Palo Alto" traces the lives of an extended group of teenagers as they experiment with vices of all kinds, struggle with their families and one another, and succumb to self-destructive, often heartless nihilism. Franco presents his characters in all their raw humanity, while at the same time providing insight into the teenage mind. In the classic American tradition of story-cycles such as Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio, "Palo Alto" presents a stark, vivid, disturbing, but, above all, compassionate portrait of lives on the rough fringes of youth.

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As an actor James Franco won the Golden Globe award for his portrayal of James Dean in a tv bio-pic of the actor's life and has appeared in such diverse films as Pineapple Express and Milk; he plays the lead in Danny Boyle's new film 127 Hours and portrays Allen Ginsburg in Howl; he has collaborated with an artist called Carter in a conceptual film piece and has shown his work at the Dietch Projects in New York; over the course of the last two years he has been awarded degrees in English Literature from UCLA, in Creative Writing from Columbia, in Film-making from NYU and has been accepted in the English Literature PhD program at Yale.

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By Kyle Lewis 10 Jul 2013 5

Not only can James act but he can write as well. Im not going to go into too much detail but this is a really great collection of well written short stories about kids growing up in palo alto and what they get up to. Again i cant express how well written this book is and how entertaining it is. Ive read this a half dozen times now and cant wait to see what James comes out with next.

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"[Franco] ends up perfectly mirroring the undulations of a teenage mind."--"The New York Times Book Review"