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In 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. Mohle — a famously reclusive writer — 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 world's richest novelist, who is dying. Buzzards are circling, angling for the remains of Rex'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 men — one a scam artist frantic to be believed, the other an old lion desperate to be remembered.

Review:

"The single wickedest satire I've read in years. Flat-out hilarious (and disturbing, in the most genial kind of way)." T. C. Boyle

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"A gloriously far fetched tale, but alarmingly real to anyone who knows the weird world of MFA programs. Besides which, it's a shit-load of fun." Peter Carey, two time winner of the Booker Prize

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"A fast, fun read. Magnuson's writing is strong." Publishers Weekly

About the Author

James Magnuson is the author of eight previous novels and the recipient of multiple fellowships and awards for fiction. He currently directs the James A. Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas. He lives in Austin.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393240887
Author:
Magnuson, James
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Publication Date:
20140131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
20.96 x 13.97 mm

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Product details 336 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393240887 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The single wickedest satire I've read in years. Flat-out hilarious (and disturbing, in the most genial kind of way)."
"Review" by , "A gloriously far fetched tale, but alarmingly real to anyone who knows the weird world of MFA programs. Besides which, it's a shit-load of fun."
"Review" by , "A fast, fun read. Magnuson's writing is strong."
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