in James Franco’s 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.
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.
has always been a private club,” he writes. “I open the gates. I say welcome. I
say, Look inside.”
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 a wild ride into the dark heart of celebrity. Download and start listening now!