First off, I wanted to let you all know that I’m currently in South Carolina on vacation. I’ve been here since this past Saturday and won’t be home until this Saturday. Of course, I’m obviously still posting and trying to comment back…but if getting back to you takes longer than normal, etc. that is most likely why!
Now, back to my Waiting on Wednesday choice. I came across this book a few weeks ago when I was given the chance to look at a Fall sampler of books.
Actors Anonymous by James Franco
Out: October 15, 2013
Official Summary: The actors in James Franco’s brilliant debut novel include a McDonald’s drive-thru operator who spends his shift trying on accents; an ex-child star recalling a massive beachside bacchanal; hospital volunteers and Midwestern transplants; a vampire flick starlet who discovers a cryptic book written by a famous actor gone AWOL; and the ghost of River Phoenix. Then there’s Franco himself, who prowls backstage, peering out between the lines—before taking the stage with fascinating meditations on his art, along with nightmarish tales of excess. “Hollywood has always been a private club,” he writes. “I open the gates. I say welcome. I say, Look inside.”
Told in a dizzying array of styles—from lyric essays and disarming testimonials to hilariously rambling text messages and ghostly footnotes—and loosely modeled on Alcoholics Anonymous’s Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, Actors Anonymous is an intense, wild ride into the dark heart of celebrity.
As you can see from the summary, this book is written by the James Franco, the current actor. Franco, to me, is fascinating and I’ve always been curious about his non-acting work. I know he’s not everyone’s style, but this book actually sounds pretty good. The sampler I saw had an excerpt and going through that is what made me put this one on my wish list!
What do you think? Would you give Franco’s debut novel a chance?