I'll Let You Go by Bruce Wagner
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"[Wagner] slices open the self-satisfied bosom of Los Angeles yet again in his third novel, a sprawling family saga that trades the usual mush-mouthed sentimentalities for cascading shards of knife-edged vignettes. A masterful, modern-day fantasy of millionaires and madmen, fathers and sons, reality and dreams."
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Bruce Wagner’s I’m Losing You was hailed as "outrageous -- dead-on in every way" by Janet Maslin in The New York Times. New York magazine’s Walter Kirn called it "the year’s best book." And John Updike, in The New Yorker, wrote that Bruce Wagner "writes like a wizard." In I’ll Let You Go, Wagner offers a stunning novel that surpasses anything he’s done before.

Twelve-year-old Toulouse "Tull" Trotter lives on his grandfather’s vast Bel-Air parkland estate with his mother, the beautiful, drug-addicted Katrina, a landscape artist who specializes in topiary laby-rinths. He spends most of his time with his young cousins Lucy, the girl detective, and Edward, a prodigy undaunted by the disfiguring effects of Apert Syndrome. One day, an impulsive revelation from Lucy sets in motion a chain of events that changes Tull -- and the Trotter family -- forever.

Though the story unfolds in contemporary Los Angeles, the reader hears echoes of Proust and 1,001 Nights as Toulouse seeks his lost father, a woman finds her lost love, and a family of unimaginable wealth learns that its fate is tied to those of the orphan Amaryllis (who officially aspires to be a saint) and her protector, a courtly giant of a homeless schizophrenic -- both of them on the run from the law. Along a path shaded by murder and mysticism, we meet such unforgettable characters as Fitzsimmons, a deranged former social worker; the enterprising Monasterio family of servants (Candelaria, Epitacio, and Eulogio); "Someone-Help-Me", a streetwise devil; and Pullman, a seemingly ageless Great Dane.

Complexly wrought, deeply moving, and scathingly ironic, I'll Let You Go dazzles the reader with the unique blend of gorgeous prose, acerbic wit, and deep emotion that are the specific province of Bruce Wagner.

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About Bruce Wagner

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BRUCE WAGNER is the author of Memorial, The Chrysanthemum Palace (a PEN Faulkner fiction award finalist), Still Holding, I'll Let You Go; I'm Losing You, and Force Majeure. He lives in Los Angeles.
Published June 20, 2012 by Random House. 577 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Tull forms a tight, spoiled knot of jet-setting junior-high privilege with his cousins: Lucy, a tense trend-monger who’s deeply in love with Tull and sticks her nose into everyone’s affairs under the guise of researching a novel she’ll never write;

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BRUCE WAGNER'S prickly new Hollywood novel, ''Still Holding,'' is the final volume in what he is calling his ''cellphone trilogy.'' (The titles derive from phrases you hear frazzled users shouting into their hand-helds.) The first book in the series, ''I'm Losing You'' (1996), arrived to buzzy, c...

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In previous novels, Wagner (I'm Losing You;

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But I can forgive ''I'll Let You Go'' almost all of its excesses and deficiencies just for the scene in which a WB-ish teen star on her lunch break gazes through the black-glass window of her limo at begrimed, desperate Amaryllis and snaps ''I hate it when crew bring their f---ing kids to the set...

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