Synopses & Reviews
Don Carpenter wrote about Hollywood like no one else. Hollywood Trilogy collects, for the first time, Carpenters most significant Hollywood novelsA Couple of Comedians, The Turnaround and The True Life Story of Jody McKeeganinto a single volume. Here readers will find the jungle of B” movie Hollywood with no attempt to dress up the rawness and vulgarity of this glamorous” town. Carpenters characters occupy every facet of Hollywoodthere are naïve and shy young men trying to break into the business, one-picture wonders, comedy duos, beautiful starlets and middle-aged moguls wondering how exactly they got where they are. All are drawn with the wit, pace and above all, the authenticity that were Don Carpenters trademarks.
Following the Spring 2014 publication of Friday at Enricos, Carpenters forgotten” novel, finished and championed by Jonathan Lethem, interest in Carpenters work is at an all time high. Hollywood Trilogy will introduce readers to an entirely new facet of Carpenters work, just waiting to be discovered by a contemporary audience.
"Two of these insiders novels...give fresh impetus to the Carpenter revival."—Kirkus
Counterpoint would have done enough for American letters this year had it simply released Don Carpenters novel Fridays at Enricos
…he remains one of the best unheralded American novelists of the last half of the twentieth century.…The three novels gathered here, informed by what Carpenter saw in Hollywood, are, for me, his greatest achievement. (That individual editions of the books have been very expensive when you can find them at all is another reason to be thankful to Counterpoint.” Barnes and Noble
"Two of these insiders novels...give fresh impetus to the Carpenter revival."Kirkus
Praise for Carpenter's Hard Rain Falling
"Don Carpenter is a particular favorite of mine. His first novel, Hard Rain Falling, might be my candidate for the other best prison novel in American literature."Jonathan Lethem
"Carpenters masterpiece, long out of print, is the definitive juveniledelinquency novel and a damning indictment of our justice system that is still relevant today." George Pelecanos, The Village Voice, screenwriter of The Wire
"Don Carpenter combines a reporters eye for external detail with a novelists sense of inner depts."Los Angeles Times
"Hard Rain Falling roars through dim Western streets like an articulate Hells Angel looking for a fight
The book is tough and vital, built with slabs of hard prose." The New York Times
"Full of lyrical evocations of a lost workingclass San Francisco, the novel also contains possibly the best twopage drunken celebration of cheap, corny, vulgar, uncleanedup Market Street ever set in print." The San Francisco Chronicle
Praise for A Couple of Comedians
Nobody around today writes as skillfully and authoritiatively about the crazy world of movies and show biz as Don Carpenter. He is doing for present-day Hollywood what Daniel Defoe did for 18th-century Londoncharting its licit and illicit commerce, exploring its underside, relevaling in precise detail how the place works.” Bruce Cook, Washington Post Book World
I never knew what they meant when they said so-and-so writes like an angel, but now I do. Don Carpenter gives us a superb prose, light, fast as the speed of reading, quick in its turns, luminous, tender, humorous, sad, full of wise woe and cosmic optimism.” Norman Mailer
Praise for The True Life Story of Jody McKeegan
Geroge Pelecanos and others helped get his first novel back into print, but Carpenter wrote several others that are, in their fashion, just as good. Loved this cat since the 70s, man, and chose this novel because it has a nice reachshowbiz, streets, the ups and downs; as is so often the case with Carpenter, he seems most closely related to Nathanial West, only West isnt forgotten.” Daniel Woodrell
About the Author
was born in Berkeley in 1932. Raised in Portland, he enlisted in the air force and returned to the Bay Area at the end of his service. He published 10 novels during his lifetime, and spent 12 years in and out of Hollywood writing for movies and television. After years of poor health he committed suicide in Mill Valley in 1995.