How I Became a Famous Novelist (Google eBook)

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Grove Press, Jul 1, 2009 - Fiction - 224 pages
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What Pete Tarslaw wants is simple enough: a realistic amount of fame that will open new avenues of sexual opportunity; the kind of financial comfort that will allow him to spend his life pursuing hobbies such as boating or skeet shooting at his stately home by the ocean or a scenic lake; and--perhaps mostly importantly--the chance to humiliate his ex-girlfriend at her wedding. This is the story of how he succeeds in getting it all, and what it costs him in the end.
Narrated by an unlikely literary legend, "How I Became A Famous Novelist" pinballs from the post-college slums of Boston, to the fear-drenched halls of Manhattan's publishing houses, from the gloomy purity of Montana's foremost writing workshop to the hedonistic hotel bars of the Sunset Strip. The horrifying, hilarious tale of how Pete's "pile of garbage" called "The Tornado Ashes Club" became the most talked about, blogged about, read, admired, and reviled novel in America will change everything you think you know about literature, appearance, truth, beauty, and those people out there, somewhere in America, who still care about books.
  

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User Review  - Milda-TX - LibraryThing

Picked this book up, and it made me laugh out loud in the first few pages. Such a slacker-dude Cinderella story. It's silly. Thank you to my SantaThing Santa for choosing this for me! Read full review

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User Review  - JenneB - LibraryThing

Hateful and a bit heavy-handed, but often very funny. If you like books about people you don't like, you might like this, but I like to like people so I didn't really like it. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Steve Hely is the one-time president of the Harvard Lampoon, formerly a staff writer on the Fox animated sitcom American Dad, and co-author of The Ridiculous Race.

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