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    Palo Alto (Hardback) By (author) James Franco

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    DescriptionA fiercely vivid collection of stories about troubled California teenagers and misfits--violent and harrowing, from the astonishingly talented actor and artist James Franco. "Palo Alto" is the debut of a surprising and powerful new literary voice. Written with an immediate sense of place--claustrophobic and ominous--James Franco's collection 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. In "Lockheed" a young woman's summer--spent working a dull internship--is suddenly upended by a spectacular incident of violence at a house party. In "American History" a high school freshman attempts to impress a girl during a classroom skit with a realistic portrayal of a slave owner--only to have his feigned bigotry avenged. In "I Could Kill Someone," a lonely teenager buys a gun with the aim of killing his high school tormentor, but begins to wonder about his bully's own inner life. These linked stories, stark, vivid, and disturbing, are a compelling portrait of lives on the rough fringes of youth.


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    Title
    Palo Alto
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) James Franco
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 197
    Width: 166 mm
    Height: 220 mm
    Thickness: 21 mm
    Weight: 313 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781439163146
    ISBN 10: 1439163146
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    BIC E4L: SST
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.2
    BIC subject category V2: FA, FYB
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11110
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: B5
    Ingram Theme: CULT/WESTRN, CULT/WSTCST, GEOG/CALIFO
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP034
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/ADOLES
    DC22: 813/.6
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 02
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 81
    B&T Approval Code: P26100000
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: P26300500
    BISAC V2.8: FIC043000, FIC029000
    LC classification: PS3606.R37523 P35 2010
    Thema V1.0: FB, FYB
    Publisher
    SIMON & SCHUSTER
    Imprint name
    Pocket Star
    Publication date
    19 October 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    "Rigorously unsentimental and fabulously dark."--Michael Cunningham