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Publisher Comments:

Cal Cunninghman has always fantasized about being a novelist. But at twenty-five, he's far from realizing his dream. Newly arrived in Manhattan, he toils as a bookstore stockboy, lives in a dire neighborhood, and never seems to write anything. How curious, then, that Cal should shortly publish a rollicking autobiographical novel that shoots to the top of bestseller lists and sells to the movies for a million dollars.

About the Author is Cal's first-person account of how he achieved this remarkable feat. A mysterious roommate, a timely bike accident, and the rapacious literary agent Blackie Yaeger all play a role in Cal's success. Deception, blackmail and murder all play a role in Cal's desperate bid to hold onto that success.

Reminiscent of Patricia Highsmith's gripping "Ripley" novels, About the Author is a wickedly funny psychological thriller that not only casts a knowing eye on the excesses of the current Manhattan publishing world, but touches on deeper themes of literary envy, identity, guilt, and the fatal difference between reality and imagination.

Review:

"Cal's surplus of manic rationalizations overwhelm some taut, well-realized suspenseful moments, and Colapinto's feel-good though immensely implausible ending will sweetly satisfy, but not without leaving a bitter aftertaste of injustice....[A] fine first effort from an emerging voice in fiction." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Colapinto gets almost everything right in this psychological thriller that is, by turns, witty, sly, harrowing, and above all, true to life....The brillant ending, just right for our times, makes a neat final piece to the puzzle." Ilene Cooper, Booklist

Review:

"A thriller worthy of Hitchcock at his best. I wasn't able to put it down. Splendid suspense." Stephen King

About the Author

John Colapinto has written for Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Esquire, Mademoiselle, Us Weekly, and Rolling Stone, where the landmark National Magazine Award-winning article that was the basis for As Nature Made Him first appeared. He is also the author of the novel About the Author. He lives in New York City with his wife and son.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060194178
Author:
Colapinto, John
Publisher:
Harper
Location:
New York
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Employees
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Impostors and imposture
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Murderers
Subject:
Literature publishing
Subject:
Bookstores
Subject:
Roommates.
Subject:
Manhattan
Subject:
General Fiction
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
no. 44
Publication Date:
20010731
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.55x6.47x.97 in. 1.16 lbs.

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Product details 272 pages HarperCollins Publishers - English 9780060194178 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Cal's surplus of manic rationalizations overwhelm some taut, well-realized suspenseful moments, and Colapinto's feel-good though immensely implausible ending will sweetly satisfy, but not without leaving a bitter aftertaste of injustice....[A] fine first effort from an emerging voice in fiction."
"Review" by , "Colapinto gets almost everything right in this psychological thriller that is, by turns, witty, sly, harrowing, and above all, true to life....The brillant ending, just right for our times, makes a neat final piece to the puzzle."
"Review" by , "A thriller worthy of Hitchcock at his best. I wasn't able to put it down. Splendid suspense."
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