How I Became a Famous Novelist by Steve Hely

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What Pete Tarslaw wants is simple enough: a realistic amount of fame that will open new avenues of sexual opportunity; the kind of financial comfort that will allow him to spend his life pursuing hobbies such as boating or skeet shooting at his stately home by the ocean or a scenic lake; and—perhaps mostly importantly—the chance to humiliate his ex-girlfriend at her wedding. This is the story of how he succeeds in getting it all, and what it costs him in the end.

Narrated by an unlikely literary legend, How I Became A Famous Novelist pinballs from the post-college slums of Boston, to the fear-drenched halls of Manhattan's publishing houses, from the gloomy purity of Montana’s foremost writing workshop to the hedonistic hotel bars of the Sunset Strip. The horrifying, hilarious tale of how Pete’s “pile of garbage” called The Tornado Ashes Club became the most talked about, blogged about, read, admired, and reviled novel in America will change everything you think you know about literature, appearance, truth, beauty, and those people out there, somewhere in America, who still care about books.
 

About Steve Hely

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Steve Hely writes for the Fox animated comedy "American Dad!" He was twice president of The Harvard Lampoon, and has been a writer and performer on "Last Call with Carson Daly" and a writer for "The Late Show with David Letterman," the latter earning him an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Comedy Show. Vali Chandrasekaran writes for television's "My Name Is Earl," In 2006, his script "Jump for Joy" was nominated for a Writer's Guild Award. He has been an editor of "The Harvard Lampoon" and a management consultant for Boston Consulting Group, and he runs the Web site Vali's Views. In a memorable turn "on"-screen, he played the role of "Vali" on the NBC hit comedy "The Office,"
 
Published July 14, 2009 by Grove Press, Black Cat. 337 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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Biting, hilarious and improbably affectionate, comedy writer Hely's debut skewers the literary world with a sendup of the quest to write the Great American Novel. Words are Pete Tarslaw's

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The New York Times

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Steve Hely’s satirical novel, “How I Became a Famous Novelist,” is a gag-packed assault on fictitious best-selling fiction.

Jul 13 2009 | Read Full Review of How I Became a Famous Novelist

Los Angeles Times

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If you love books, or know a little about the publishing industry, here are 10 reasons why Steve Hely's first novel, "How I Became a Famous Novelist" (Grove Atlantic/Black Cat: 322 pp., $14 paper), will hit you like "This Is Spinal Tap."

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The Washington Post

First, please know that the bloated, pretentious, overly adjectival sentences I'll be citing from "How I Became a Famous Novelist" are the deliberately atrocious faux fiction of narrator Pete Tarslaw, America's foremost literary opportunist.

Jul 21 2009 | Read Full Review of How I Became a Famous Novelist

The Bookbag

But Pete's publishers blow hot and cold with him in direct relationship with his publicity potential and his book sales have little to do with the merits of his writing.

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Open Letters Monthly

And just when you think the book is too snarky to do more than make you laugh (you’ll laugh out loud several times while reading How I Became a Famous Novelist), a nicely-done sentimental twist at the end slips past your defenses.

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By jonSun, 07/19/2009 - 16:53.

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