The Love Song of Jonny Valentine
For fans of AVisit from the Goon Squad and Joyce Carol Oates’ Blonde, here is ascathing and enthralling new novel about America’s monstrous obsession withfame from the winner of a 2011 Whiting Writers’ Award.
Megastar Jonny Valentine, eleven-year-old icon ofbubblegum pop, knows that the fans don’t love him for who he is. His image, hisvoice, and even his hairdo have been packaged—by his LA label and by hishard-partying manager-mother—into bite-size pieces for easy digestion, slidingdown the gullet of mass culture, the biggest appeal to the widest demographic. But somewhere inside the relentless marketing machine is still a little boy,devoted to his mother and determined to find his absent father among thecountless, faceless fans—isn’t there?
A twisted, brilliant, and viciously funnycoming-of-age story set inside corporate arenas and luxury hotel suites, TeddyWayne’s The Love Song of Jonny Valentine explores with devastatingclarity the underbelly of fame in twenty-first-century America’s celebrityculture, told through the eyes of one of the most unforgettable child narratorssince Holden Caulfield. This novel is a literary masterpiece from the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of Kapitoil—one of the standoutwriters of his generation.
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