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Author: James Franco Narrator: James Franco Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2013 ISBN: 9781480555662
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The 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “A remarkable, visceral display of the projected voice…Real art, as here, is always a performative seduction.”

    David Shields, author of Reality Hunger: A Manifesto

  • “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, award-winning author of The Collected Stories

  • “Part aphorism, part instruction manual, part reflection, part short story and, seemingly, part memoir, the narrative is a pastiche of forms and moods”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Author James Franco

James Franco is an acclaimed actor, director, artist, writer, and narrator. His film appearances include 127 Hours, Milk, Pineapple Express, Oz the Great and Powerful, Spring Breakers, and the Spider-Man trilogy. He has written and directed several films, and his visual art has been featured in solo shows in Los Angeles and New York. His writing has appeared in Esquire, the Wall Street Journal, McSweeney’s, and other publications. He has an MFA degree in creative writing from Brooklyn College.