Fiction Jaime Clarke We're So Famous

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We're So Famous

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9780747554226: We're So Famous

Daisy, Paque and Stella want to be famous. Inspired by their idols, Bananarama, they form a pop group of their own. But Stella heads to LA to become an actress and lusting after bad-boy rocker Bryan Metro. Paque and Daisy, without Stella, are just about ready to call it quits when two friends are mysteriously murdered. They, the last people to see the victims alive, become the prime suspects and cashing in on this sudden notoriety, record their first hit. And the adventure is only just beginning.

We're So Famous, Jaime Clarke's debut novel, was first published in 2001.This new edition features an introduction by New York Times bestselling author Charles Bock, as well as an afterword by the author entitled Typical of the Times: Growing Up in the Culture of Spectacle.

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About the Author:

Jaime Clarke is a graduate of the University of Arizona and holds an MFA from Bennington College. He is the author of the novels We're So Famous, Vernon Downs, World Gone Water and Garden Lakes; the editor of the anthologies Don't You Forget About Me: Contemporary Writers on the Films of John Hughes, Conversations with Jonathan Lethem, and Talk Show: On the Couch with Contemporary Writers; and co-editor of the anthologies No Near Exit: Writers Select Their Favorite Work from Post Road Magazine (with Mary Cotton) and Boston Noir 2: The Classics (with Dennis Lehane and Mary Cotton). He is a founding editor of the literary magazine Post Road, now published at Boston College, and co-owner, with his wife, of Newtonville Books, an independent bookstore in Boston.

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Jaime Clarke pulls off a sympathetic act of sustained maleimagination: entering the minds of innocent teenage girls dreaming of fame. A glibly surreal world where the only thing wanted is notoriety and all you really desire leads to celebrity and where stardom is the only point of reference. What's new about this novel is how unconsciously casual the characters' drives are. This lust is as natural to them as being American-it's almost a birthright.  Imagine Britney Spears narrating The Day of the Locust as a gentle fable and you'll get the idea. -  Bret Easton Ellis

Daisy, Paque, and Stella want. They want to be actresses. They want to be in a band. They want to be models. They want to be famous, damn it. And so...they each tell their story of forming a girl group, moving to LA, and flirting with fame. Clarke doesn't hate his antiheroines-he just views them as by-products of the culture: glitter-eyed, vacant, and cruel. The satire works, sliding down as silvery and toxic as liquid mercury. -- Entertainment Weekly

Clarke seems to have created a crafty book of bubble letters to express his anger, sending off a disguised Barbie mail bomb that shows how insipid and money-drenched youth culture can be.  - Village Voice

Jaime Clarke's novel We're So Famous follows Stella, Paque, and Daisy-three utterly talentless girls from Phoenix who share a near-horrifying affinity for Bananarama. But it's only after Daisy and Paque's unwitting connection to a double murder helps skyrocket their band, Masterful Johnson, to nationwide stardom that the story really gets going. Through a string of pop-culture references (Neve Campbell, Dennis Hopper, Jennifer Grey's nose job) and mishaps (an unfortunate lip-synching tragedy a la Milli Vanilli, movie deals, smack), Clarke keeps the satire sharp and his heroines clueless. -Spin Magazine

This first novel is plastic fantastic. Daisy, Paque and Stella are talentless teens, obsessed by Bananarama and longing for stardom. They love celebrity and crave the flashbulbs and headlines for themselves. The girls become fantasy wrestlers, make a record, get parts in a going-nowhere film, then try to put on big brave smiles in the empty-hearted world of fame. Sad, sassy and salient. -- Elle Magazine

Imagine Britney Spears narrating The Day of the Locust as a gentle fable and you'll get the idea Bret Easton Ellis Jaime Clarke is a masterful illusionist; in his deft hands, emptiness seems full, teenage pathos appears sassy and charming. We're So Famous is a blithe, highly entertaining indictment of the permanent state of adolescence that trademarks our culture, a made-for-TV world where innocence is hardly a virtue, ambition barely a value system -- Bob Shacochis Darkly and pinkly comic, this is the story of a trio of teenage American girls and their pursuit of the three big Ms of American life: Music, Movies and Murder. An impressive debut by a talented young novelist -- Jonathan Ames We're So Famous smartly anticipates a culture re-configured by the quest for fame. The starry-eyed girls at the center of this rock-androll fairy tale are the predecessors of today's selfie-snappers. With biting wit and wry humor, Clarke brilliantly reminds us that we've always lived for likes -- Mona Awad The satire works, sliding down as silvery and toxic as liquid mercury Entertainment Weekly This first novel is plastic fantastic ... Sad, sassy and salient Elle Magazine

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