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Publisher Comments:

From the critically acclaimed author of I Am Not Myself These Days comes the very odd adventures of a starry-eyed young man from the Midwest seeking fame and fortune in the flamboyant surreality of New York, Los Angeles...and everywhere in between.

Jayson Blocher is tired of worshiping pop culture; he wants to be part of it. So he's off, accompanied by an ever-changing cast of quirky extended family members, on an extremely bumpy journey from rural Wisconsin to a New York escort agency for Broadway chorus boys, to a Hollywood sitcom set. Somewhere out there his destiny awaits — along with the discovery of first love, some unusual coincidences, a kidnapping mystery...and the sobering truth that being America's sweetheart can leave a very sour aftertaste.

Review:

"Memoirist Kilmer-Purcell (I Am Not Myself These Days) tells the sad tale of wannabe TV star Jayson Blocher, a suburban high school student in the 1980s Midwest. After writing and starring in his home-shot, gay coming-of-age soap, Dallasty! Jayson sets his sights on Hollywood. A rogue Dallasty! screening sets off pandemonium, so Jayson's alcoholic mother sends Jayson to his father, which leads to a seamy romp through the gay semicelebrity scene of New York and L.A as AIDS emerges. And when Jayson actually does get his big Hollywood break, it is no surprise that his connection to his mother deteriorates further. Kilmer-Purcell certainly has interesting and tough-minded things to say about being young, gay and celebrity-obsessed in the 1980s, but the characters aren't strong enough to withstand the rollicking plot. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"A tale compromised by bizarre plot turns and an unsatisfying ending." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Josh Kilmer-Purcell is funny funny funny, one of the funniest young writers in America. In Candy Everybody Wants, he trains his insightfully sardonic eye on the world of '80s pop culture, showing the roots that made us a nation of Britneys, American Idols, and Obamamaniacs." James Frey, author of Bright Shiny Morning

Review:

"Josh Kilmer-Purcell has created rich and memorable characters that emerge from the tumultuous landscape of the 1970s. Jayson Blocher is the Holder Caufield for a new generation who is thrust in to a Little Miss Sunshine family in the early 1980s." Dr. Drew Pinsky, author of The Mirror Effect

Synopsis:

The author of the "New York Times"-bestselling memoir "I Am Not Myself These Days" is back with his equally uproarious and touching fiction debut. His latest work follows the life of a sensitive young man from the Midwest as he seeks his fame, fortune, and freedom in New York and L.A.

About the Author

Once a world-renowned drag queen by night and an award-winning advertising creative by day, Josh Kilmer-Purcell is the author of a popular monthly column for Out magazine and a screenplay based on his bestselling memoir, I Am Not Myself These Days. Kilmer-Purcell and his partner divide their time between Manhattan and a goat farm in upstate New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780061336966
Author:
Kilmer-Purcell, Josh
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Author:
Benjamin, Carol Lea
Author:
by Josh Kilmer-Purcell
Author:
by Josh Kilmer-Purcell
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Gay men
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths
Subject:
Humor : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
P.S.
Publication Date:
20080631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.93 in 14.56 oz

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Product details 288 pages Harper Perennial - English 9780061336966 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Memoirist Kilmer-Purcell (I Am Not Myself These Days) tells the sad tale of wannabe TV star Jayson Blocher, a suburban high school student in the 1980s Midwest. After writing and starring in his home-shot, gay coming-of-age soap, Dallasty! Jayson sets his sights on Hollywood. A rogue Dallasty! screening sets off pandemonium, so Jayson's alcoholic mother sends Jayson to his father, which leads to a seamy romp through the gay semicelebrity scene of New York and L.A as AIDS emerges. And when Jayson actually does get his big Hollywood break, it is no surprise that his connection to his mother deteriorates further. Kilmer-Purcell certainly has interesting and tough-minded things to say about being young, gay and celebrity-obsessed in the 1980s, but the characters aren't strong enough to withstand the rollicking plot. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "A tale compromised by bizarre plot turns and an unsatisfying ending."
"Review" by , "Josh Kilmer-Purcell is funny funny funny, one of the funniest young writers in America. In Candy Everybody Wants, he trains his insightfully sardonic eye on the world of '80s pop culture, showing the roots that made us a nation of Britneys, American Idols, and Obamamaniacs."
"Review" by , "Josh Kilmer-Purcell has created rich and memorable characters that emerge from the tumultuous landscape of the 1970s. Jayson Blocher is the Holder Caufield for a new generation who is thrust in to a Little Miss Sunshine family in the early 1980s."
"Synopsis" by , The author of the "New York Times"-bestselling memoir "I Am Not Myself These Days" is back with his equally uproarious and touching fiction debut. His latest work follows the life of a sensitive young man from the Midwest as he seeks his fame, fortune, and freedom in New York and L.A.
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