Bye Bye Blondie by Virginie Despentes

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...the first half is mostly just precious. And the disappointment that sends the adult Gloria into a downward spiral? The producer making a movie from her autobiographical screenplay ignores her artistic vision. Frustrating, sure, but not exactly exploitation. Shockingly anodyne work from a writer notorious for her power to shock.
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In a wrecked modern version of a romance novel, acclaimed French writer Virginie Despentes pokes at the simultaneous ecstasy and banality of love in an age of psychiatry and punk.

Gloria lives in seething rage, lashing out at everyone—particularly, a string of bewildered boyfriends—at the local bar. But when her latest explosion leaves her out on the street, she unexpectedly runs into famed television personality Eric Muir. Incidentally, he's also her teenage boyfriend, and the one who started it all.

Once upon a time, Gloria and Eric met while institutionalized, and then became a mascot couple for those homeless and high on a noisy mix of drugs, music, and counterculture. Now, twenty years later, Gloria is enamored by youthful love resurrected and determined to immortalize their story by writing a screenplay. Whisked away to Paris, she's transformed from a provincial loose cannon into an urbane party guest. But navigating life and love isn't any easier for the middle-aged. Cutting deep to unearth the marriage of institutional violence and heterosexual relationships, Bye Bye Blondie illustrates how young women are continuously dragged down and neglected, and then dangled false offers of fame in lieu of real, redemptive recognition.

 

About Virginie Despentes

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Virginie Despentes, born in 1969, Is a French writer and filmmaker. She is best known for co-directing the 2002 Baise-moi, The controversial rape/revenge film depicting a graphic mix of violence and real sex and based on her novel of the same name. She has written eight books of fiction or memoir. STEPHANIE BENSON trained as a teacher of Food Science, Nutrition and Cookery at Madeley College of Education, part of Keele University. Stephanie works as a freelance nutritionist and adviser and in particular assisting people who have a variety of illnesses. She is a strong believer in the importance of good quality food. Stephanie, is currently Head of Department at Godalming College and has also been an examiner for the Oxford Board of Examinations setting Food Science and Nutrition Papers for A Level exams.
 
Published June 20, 2016 by The Feminist Press at CUNY. 365 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on Apr 13 2016

...the first half is mostly just precious. And the disappointment that sends the adult Gloria into a downward spiral? The producer making a movie from her autobiographical screenplay ignores her artistic vision. Frustrating, sure, but not exactly exploitation. Shockingly anodyne work from a writer notorious for her power to shock.

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