For fans of A
Visit from the Goon Squad and Joyce Carol Oates’ Blonde, here is a
scathing and enthralling new novel about America’s monstrous obsession with
fame from the winner of a 2011 Whiting Writers’ Award.
Megastar Jonny Valentine, eleven-year-old icon of
bubblegum pop, knows that the fans don’t love him for who he is. His image, his
voice, and even his hairdo have been packaged—by his LA label and by his
hard-partying manager-mother—into bite-size pieces for easy digestion, sliding
down the gullet of mass culture, the biggest appeal to the widest demographic. But somewhere inside the relentless marketing machine is still a little boy,
devoted to his mother and determined to find his absent father among the
countless, faceless fans—isn’t there?
A twisted, brilliant, and viciously funny
coming-of-age story set inside corporate arenas and luxury hotel suites, Teddy
Wayne’s The Love Song of Jonny Valentine explores with devastating
clarity the underbelly of fame in twenty-first-century America’s celebrity
culture, told through the eyes of one of the most unforgettable child narrators
since Holden Caulfield. This novel is a literary masterpiece from the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of Kapitoil—one of the standout
writers of his generation.
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