The Love Song Of Jonny Valentine
On Sale: February 5, 2013
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Fiction Family Life
When Whiting Writersâ€™ Award winner Teddy Wayne published his
critically acclaimed debut, Kapitoil, it was hailed as â€śone
of the best novels of [this] generationâ€ť by the Boston Globe
and was shortlisted for a spate of national prizes.
Jonathan Franzen wrote in The Daily Beast that â€śno other
writer, as far as I know, has invented such a funny and
compelling voice and story for [this type of character.]â€ť
Now, in The Love Song of Jonny Valentine, Wayne turns his
sharp wit, flawless narrative ventriloquism, and humane
sensibility to our monstrous obsession with fame.
Megastar Jonny Valentine, eleven-year-old icon of bubblegum
pop, knows that the fans donâ€™t love him for who he is. The
talented singerâ€™s image, voice, and even hairdo have been
relentlessly packagedâ€”by his L.A. label and his
hard-partying manager-mother, Janeâ€”into bite-size pabulum.
But within the marketing machine, somewhere, Jonny is still
a vulnerable little boy, perplexed by his budding sexuality
and his heartthrob status, dependent on Jane, and endlessly
searching for his absent father in Internet fan sites,
lonely emails, and the crowds of faceless fans.
Poignant, brilliant, and viciously funny, told through the
eyes of one of the most unforgettable child narrators, this
literary masterpiece explores with devastating insight and
empathy the underbelly of success in 21st-century America.
The Love Song of Jonny Valentine is a tour de force by a
standout voice of his generation.
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