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Alexander Murphy's Home for Wayward Celebrities by [Karaczewski, Josh]
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Length: 333 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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When Lucy Faas’ agent convinces her to stay at a secluded home near Santa Barbara owned by someone named Alexander Murphy, she comes with the sole intention of rekindling her abandoned music career, hoping that this time she can write songs without having to mine personal trauma for their subject. Lucy never expected that she would be joining a makeshift family of celebrities there hiding from the bored, scandal-hungry populace and the paparazzo’s persistent lens; she certainly never expected that she would fall in love, first with the warm, lush landscaped hills of Montecito, and then with her enigmatic host, before learning a secret that could bring this celebrity utopia to an ignominious end. And no one expected lurking Doom would soon be climbing over the wall, camera swinging from his neck.

Incorporating song lyrics, articles, and sections of pure dramatic dialogue into its unconventional seriocomic narrative, and with a cast of celebrity characters alternately inspired or imagined, Alexander Murphy’s Home for Wayward Celebrities explores 21st Century celebrity, pop culture, and the creative process with wit and style.

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  • Print Length: 333 pages
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  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars Original Novel from Ambitious Writer 8 August 2013
By Del Darmstadt - Published on
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Celebrities in crisis have an unlikely ally in Alexander Murphy. He has a lavish hideaway in the hills above Santa Barbara where they can escape the shame of scandal or an overly intrusive fan base. Singer-songwriter Lucy Faas is checking in as the story begins, narrated by a Josh Karaczewski who may or may not be the Josh Karaczewski living in Murphy's attic. Who may or may not be Alexander Murphy himself.

Whoever is actually narrating this dazzling Rubik's cube of a novel, he's a master. His prose is as luxurious as Murphy's mansion, and his sense of humor skewers celebrity as well as the fixation we all have about celebrity. Lucy Faas hasn't toured or recorded in years, exhausted from the fame that came at the cost of her innocence and privacy. Her arrival at Murphy's retreat brings her into contact with movie stars, rockers, child celebrities, and oddballs aplenty. They discuss fame, religion, music, and politics; they party anonymously under the protection of their mysterious benefactor. Lucy finds herself more caught up with life behind the one-way glass of the Home for Wayward Celebrities than with resuscitating her moribund career.

This novel of ideas covers a lot of ground, but Lucy's saga is the glue that holds all the postmodern zaniness together. Will she return to the stage on her own terms, or will she end up a troubled recluse in the hermetically-sealed universe of Alexander Murphy?

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