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A Star Is Bored

A Novel

She needs an assistant.
He needs a hero.

A hilariously heartfelt novel influenced in part by the author’s time assisting Carrie Fisher.


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A Star Is Bored

“Laugh-out-loud scenes and tender moments characterize this quirky book about the world of celebrity assistants, reinventing yourself, and embracing the life you want. We placed the hard copy of this book in our shop after listening, but some parts were just delightful to have read out loud.”

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Description

Charlie Besson is tense and sweating as he prepares for an insane job interview. His car is idling, like his life, outside the Hollywood mansion of Kathi Kannon, star of stage and screen and People magazine’s worst dressed list. She needs an assistant. He needs a hero.

Kathi is an icon, bestselling author, and an award winning actress, most known for her role as Priestess Talara in a blockbuster sci-fi film. She’s also known in another role: crazy. Admittedly so. Famously so. Fabulously so, as Charlie quickly discovers.

Their three year odyssey is filled with late night shopping sprees, last minute trips to see the aurora borealis, and an initiation to that most sacred of Hollywood tribes: the personal assistant. But Kathi becomes much more than a boss, and as their friendship grows, Charlie must make a choice. Will he always be on the sidelines of life, assisting the great forces that be, or can he step into his own leading role?

Laugh-out-loud funny, and searingly poignant, Byron Lane's A Star is Bored is a novel that, like the star at its center, is enchanting and joyous, heartbreaking and hopeful.

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“I didn't go into this expecting a love story, but the one here between a Hollywood assistant and his famous, hilarious and deeply lonely boss came very close to breaking my heart. ”

Julia Claiborne Johnson, Bestselling author of Be Frank With Me

A Star is Bored is an absolute knockout. Riotously funny and wickedly tender.”

Taylor Jenkins Reid,, New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones and the Six

“Aside from being laugh out loud funny, brazen, charming and exquisitely observed, ASIB is romantic, soulful and filled with tender sweetness. For those of us who knew Carrie and Byron it all brings back chokingly funny and necessarily sad memories of a uniquely beautiful and deranged ménage, but it will make every reader feel at home and a part of it too. ”

Stephen Fry, Author of Mythos

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About the author


Byron Lane is a playwright living in Los Angeles. Before becoming a writer, he was the personal assistant to Carrie Fisher for three years. A Star Is Bored is his first novel.


Reviews

“Carrie Fisher's spirit animates this funny, dishy, and deeply affectionate roman à clef by her former personal assistant. The force is with him. ”

People Magazine

“Lane debuts with a fizzy roman à clef about a celebrity assistant, playfully alluding to his experience working for the late actor Carrie Fisher. Lane begins with Charlie Besson’s job interview...an assistant to Kathi Kannon, famous for playing the beloved Priestess Talara in the science fiction epic Nova Quest. Lane brings wit and tenderness to Kathi’s mostly acerbic personality, and her attachment to Charlie is potent and palpable... Lane’s affecting tale would show how the real Charlie found his own superpower—as a novelist.”

Publishers Weekly

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