Famous Writers School

Famous Writers School

A Novel

Book - 2006
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Steven Carter, who has been called "madly inventive" (Kirkus) and "darkly comic" (Village Voice), has a genius for letting his characters speak for themselves, and here they do so quite literally. Famous Writers School is composed of the letters and stories of three authors who are taking a would-be correspondence course by that grandiose name, and the self-serving "lessons" that Wendell Newton, their endearingly obtuse instructor, doles out in response. Wendell's oddball collection of students include Rio, an alluring blues singer on whom he quickly develops a crush; Linda Trane, an unhinged housewife who seems to be stalking him; and Dan, a truly talented author of hard-boiled detective fiction. As Dan's gritty mystery arrives piece by piece, Wendell gets hooked on the story--and decides to dress it up in his own style in order to pass it off as his creation. Gradually the slender threads of connection between each character become apparent, even as Wendell's imagination careens out of control. Carter skillfully weaves these narratives into a genre-bending romp that is at once reminiscent of The Jane Austen Book Club and Get Shorty.
Publisher: Counterpoint,� 2006
ISBN: 9781582433561
Branch Call Number: AF CART


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Jul 13, 2015

This book is a fun and enjoyable read -- it's not deep, but it reminds you that writing can be entertaining. The author definitely makes the most of the format and ends up with a compelling book (even when the characters themselves are writing pieces that are not exemplary). If you enjoy the type of humourous and clever writing from McSweeney's you will probably like this.

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