Lit Life by Kurt Wenzel
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Kurt Wenzel’s savvy novel, Lit Life, is a wickedly funny and provocative debut about the passions and perils of the writing life.

Set in Manhattan and the Hamptons, Lit Life takes the reader on a tour through the world of two eccentric writers. Kyle Clayton, a 'once hot, now not' young author/provocateur with a serious case of writer’s block, moves through New York nightlife in an inebriated haze until he meets his literary hero, the dyspeptic and obscure novelist Richard Whitehurst, who is smitten with the notion of Kyle’s former fame. Richard is suffering his own form of breakdown as a result of years of public ambivalence toward his work and the looming collapse of his marriage. As the two writers’ lives collide, they use each other as the crutches they’ve both been seeking to survive in the world of publishing.

Supported by a cast of wonderfully drawn characters, Richard’s disillusioned wife, Meryl; his desperate-for-love, drug-addicted daughter, Kerry; the old-school agent Larry Wabzug, a friend of both writers, Kyle and Richard search for fame and credibility, not necessarily in that order, in an attempt to function in the lit life.

About Kurt Wenzel

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Kurt Wenzel was born in 1965 in Sayreville, New Jersey. After graduating from Rutgers University, Wenzel spent time in Europe and then moved to New York to pursue his writing career. After writing screenplays for several years, Wenzel became disillusioned with the film industry and tried his hand at fiction. He is now a staff writer for and divides his time between his homes in Manhattan and East Hampton, New York.
Published July 17, 2001 by Random House. 336 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics, Gay & Lesbian. Fiction

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In his debut novel, a sardonic take on the New York publishing world, Wenzel wryly dissects the troubled writing lives of two authors, one a talented newcomer sidetracked by fame and the other a disillusioned veteran.

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Literary tongues wagged upon word that Kurt Wenzel's roman à clef, Lit Life, skewered the book biz.

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