America the Beautiful by Moon Unit Zappa
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America Throne is living the good life in L.A. Her career is sprouting, and she is in love -- with Jasper Husch, a sexy-sultry artist from San Fran. But just as soon as they've realized domestic bliss, Jasper has a change of heart, and America falters on the slippery slope of hope: hoping that he will come back, hoping that new sex will erase all evidence of him, and hoping that in nurturing a truce with her dead father she will make peace with all men.
America's trip from self-destruction to wholeness is a romp on the wilder shores of the West Coast. From a dodgy therapist to a silent retreat, America Throne's "aha" moment culminates with, "While we are all busy swimming upstream, the universe is conspiring to take us to something better."
In America the Beautiful, Moon Zappa has taken the broken-heart story and given it a twist all her own through the emotional honesty and edginess of America Throne. Hailed as "brilliant" (Sunday Telegraph Magazine), America the Beautiful is the debut of an unforgettable and unfaltering new voice.
 

About Moon Unit Zappa

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Moon Unit Zappa is the daughter of legendary composer Frank Zappa. She won The Aspen Comedy Award for Best Alternative Comic and has written for Details and Harper's Bazaar. She lives in L.A.
 
Published September 30, 2001 by Touchstone. 304 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In one scene, she remembers a story he wrote about her: “The story gets made into a movie but I don’t get to play the part of myself because they have to shoot it in Canada to save money.” Somehow, Zappa has rendered familiar material with an amusing, fresh touch in this first salvo from what cou...

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The novel reads like an obsessive, bipolar journal of disaster and heartache: America is dumped by her artist boyfriend, Jasper, which launches her on a hell-bent roller-coaster ride of self-loathing and self-discovery.

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