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Livingston Press, Jun 30, 2009 - Fiction - 160 pages
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Tartt Award Winner! A neurotically jealous band of celebrities' children abandons one of their pack in the desert. A recovering nymphomaniac plots to kidnap her daughter from a religious cult she deems embarrassingly bland. A stage mother starves her daughter into permanent pre-pubescence then uses her to perpetrate a child abuse scam. Two call girls operating a fake twin act suspect each other of murdering their johns. On the dark fringes of Hollywood's glamour live the eternal strivers, the unsung unknowns whose unquenchable ambition and ambivalent compliance fuels America's dream factory. These characters are connected by their tangle of deluded grandeur and wrenching resilience. They give a contemporary voice to the mysterious, dangerous, devoid-of-inner-life femme fatales as depicted in the classic L. A. tales of Nathanael West, Raymond Chandler, Charles Bukowski, and Bret Easton Ellis. Auto-Erotica serves as a black valentine to the city of angels.

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Stacia Saint Owens holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Brown University, and a BFA in Theatre with a Playwriting concentration from Southern Methodist University. While at Brown, she was awarded the university's Weston Prize in Writing. A former Lecturer in English Literature at Harrow College in London, she now resides in Los Angeles, where she is writing a novel. Her favorite book is F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, her favorite writers are Flannery O'Connor and Vladimir Nabokov, her favorite living writer is Salman Rushdie, her favorite newcomer is Sarah Waters, and she owes it all to L. Frank Baum's marvelous Oz series.

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