Ivy Day

Ivy Day

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IVY DAY sacrifices herself for each picture, coming back from death in one role to be resurrected for the next. IVY DAY is a movie star. IVY DAY is an icon. IVY DAY is immortal. These are the tenets of her fans, her devotees.

A trio of girls' sole shared ambition is to take up her uniform, their savior's blonde hair and branded makeup, which promises beauty and grace. They treat and poke and prod themselves, ascetics of aesthetics, revealing inner and outer horrors...

A quiet collector builds a shrine to IVY DAY in the back of an old video store, transfixed on reel after reel of her performances...

And there is JOHN MARK. He is her newest, biggest fan. He is her champion.

And he will stop at nothing to assure her immortality.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 138 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 8mm | 213g
  • English
  • 099978627X
  • 9780999786277

Review quote

"Ivy Day deftly intertwines the consuming obsessions of fandom and the death-defying allure of celebrity. This charming and surreal fable feels like one of the cult classic movies that it lovingly details."

- Jeff Jackson, author of Destroy All Monsters

"Pam Jones's Ivy Day is a quietly creepy meditation on identity as seen through a pop cultural lens rendered nearly mythic. It asks what happens when a society of watchers all put their eyes on one thing, how a society celebrating something for its uniqueness can be slowly covered with a cosmetic homogeneity. Jones does this with distant, nearly hallucinatory prose that still manages to jolt the heart and nerve-endings."

-Andersen Prunty, author of Neon Dies At Dawn

"A deconstruction of celebrity--of the ways we hate, love, crave, and fear it--Ivy Day is a novella told with the chilling detachment of a camera eye, unblinking and honest. Stripped of the sentimentality so often associated with the real world's fallen stars, this is a portrait of those who dwell at both ends of fame's microscope; a harrowing literary collage of the relentless, insidious psychopathology at the heart of our celebrity culture."

-Kurt Baumeister, author of Pax Americana

"Ivy Day is a novella made of glass and celluloid -- positively dazzling, sharp, and so glittery you might not notice how much it's cut into you until you've put it down. While at times reminiscent of Walker Percy or Joan Didion, Pam Jones' characters are existential, mythic, and unequivocally her own. This novella is delicious, brilliant, and disturbing in all the right ways. It will make you remember who or what it is that best feeds the ghost of you, day in and day out, so you can go on living inside your own meat. "

- Kailey Tedesco, author of She Used to be on a Milk Carton (April Gloaming Publishing) and Lizzie, Speak (White Stag Publishing)
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