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