Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis

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Bret Ellis, the narrator of Lunar Park, is a writer whose first novel Less Than Zero catapulted him to international stardom while he was still in college. In the years that followed he found himself adrift in a world of wealth, drugs, and fame, as well as dealing with the unexpected death of his abusive father. After a decade of decadence a chance for salvation arrives; the chance to reconnect with an actress he was once involved with, and their son. But almost immediately his new life is threatened by a freak sequence of events and a bizarre series of murders that all seem to connect to Ellis’s past. His attempts to save his new world from his own demons makes Lunar Park Ellis’s most suspenseful novel.

In this chilling tale reality, memoir, and fantasy combine to create not only a fascinating version of this most controversial writer but also a deeply moving novel about love and loss, parents and children, and ultimately forgiveness.


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About Bret Easton Ellis

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Bret Easton Ellis is also the author of American Psycho, Glamorama, The Informers, Less Than Zero, Lunar Park and The Rules of Attraction. His work has been translated into twenty-seven languages. He lives in Los Angeles.
 
Published August 16, 2005 by Vintage. 416 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The story of a doomed marriage blends with a satirical take on upscale suburban angst, a campy horror story about a haunted house, a Frankenstein-like case of a monster unchained and a serious rumination on the damage fathers can do to sons.

Jun 01 2005 | Read Full Review of Lunar Park

The New York Times

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I'm not sure I have ever encountered a novel as heavily defended as ''Lunar Park,'' which arrives surrounded by the rhetorical equivalent of moats, high walls and velvet ropes -- an insecurity apparatus designed not to keep you out so much as to disarm your preconceptions.

Aug 14 2005 | Read Full Review of Lunar Park

The New York Times

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I'm not sure I have ever encountered a novel as heavily defended as ''Lunar Park,'' which arrives surrounded by the rhetorical equivalent of moats, high walls and velvet ropes -- an insecurity apparatus designed not to keep you out so much as to disarm your preconceptions.

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The Guardian

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Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis 308pp, Picador, £16.99 The questions writers are most often asked at public events - apart from whether they use pen or keyboard and what they think of any films made from their books - are where they get their ideas from and how they decide on the names of c...

Oct 01 2005 | Read Full Review of Lunar Park

The Guardian

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Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis Picador £16.99, pp308 Bret Easton Ellis's new novel is a curiosity, but not quite a failure.

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Book Reporter

Bret Easton Ellis, a young and highly successful writer and author of five novels --- several of which brought him not only fame at a young age but also incredibly harsh criticism for insidious violence and sex --- has reconnected with old girlfriend/superstar/actress Jayne Dennis, the mother of ...

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Entertainment Weekly

Lunar Park is breezily written and sometimes wickedly funny, but Ellis seems so eager to shock and entertain that he can't choose a single, elegant ghoul — or even two — to make his case.

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The Sydney Morning Herald

The real Ellis, if there is one, is not so much elusive as immaterial.) Lunar Park's literariness extends into another horror-figure, a student and possible murderer who turns up in different places dressed as characters from Ellis's books.

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People

Like his five previous books, Lunar Park is best when it relaxes and describes manias like social climbing (and social plummeting).

Aug 29 2005 | Read Full Review of Lunar Park

London Review of Books

American Psycho, as Ellis points out in Lunar Park (and indeed in American Psycho), was a gruelling and inspired novel about the fantasy life of a man who has had a certain kind of father, about what having that father and remembering that father might do to a man’s apprehension of women – and ab...

Dec 01 2005 | Read Full Review of Lunar Park

Bookmarks Magazine

Instead, he tosses together so many hoary genre elements that the novel begins to resemble a middle-aged yuppie rehash of a Hammer Horror film, less The Turn of the Screw than ‘Heart of Dorkness.’" Elizabeth Hand Baltimore Sun 1 of 5 Stars "Ellis, one of whose Brets admits to a taste for Ste...

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Austin Chronicle

Ellis sees a man dressed as Patrick Bateman – the serial killer in American Psycho – at a Halloween party;

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New York Magazine

So, just in case you haven’t heard: Bret Easton Ellis has written a new novel, called Lunar Park, chronicling the doped-up, dragged-down life of a writer named—get this!—Bret Easton Ellis.

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The Austinist

Much like the author of Lunar Park, we’re prefacing this review with a brief introduction: we knew next to nil about Bret Easton Ellis or his previous works, the most famous of which include American Psycho, The Rules of Attraction, and Less Than Zero.

Oct 05 2005 | Read Full Review of Lunar Park

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