W. W. Norton & Company
On Sale: January 13, 2014
Hardcover / e-Book
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"A gloriously farfetched tale, but alarmingly real
to anyone who knows the weird world of MFA programs. Besides
which, it's a shit-load of fun." â€”Peter Carey, two-time
winner of the Booker PrizeIn this brilliant mix
of literary satire and crime caper, Frankie Abandonato, a
small-time con man on the run, finds refuge by posing as V.
S. Mohleâ€”a famously reclusive writerâ€”and teaching in a
prestigious writing program somewhere in Texas. Streetwise
and semiliterate, Frankie finds that being treated as a
genius agrees with him.
The program has been funded by
Rex Schoeninger, the worldâ€™s richest novelist, who is dying.
Buzzards are circling, angling for the remains of Rexâ€™s
fortune, and Frankie quickly realizes that he has been
presented with the opportunity of a lifetime. Complicating
matters is the fact that Rex is haunted by a
twenty-five-year feud with the shadowy Mohle. What rankles
Rex is that, while he has written fifty bestsellers and
never gotten an ounce of literary respect, Mohle wrote one
slender novel, disappeared into the woods, and become an
icon. Determined to come to terms with his past, Rex has
arranged to bring his rival to Texas, only to find himself
facing off against an imposter.
Famous Writers I
Have Known is not just an unforgettable literary romp
but also a surprisingly tender take on two menâ€”one a scam
artist frantic to be believed, the other an old lion
desperate to be remembered.
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