Namedropper by Emma Forrest
A Novel

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Meet Viva Cohen: a teenage schoolgirl bombshell. Her bedroom walls are plastered with posters of silver-screen legends, and underneath her school uniform she wears vintage thigh-high stockings. Her best friends are a drugged-out beauty queen and an ageing rock-star, and she lives in London with her gay uncle, Manny. Viva spends her days gate-crashing gigs, skiving her exams and trying to live life as glamorously as her number one icon, Elizabeth Taylor. But then she sets out on a pilgrimage: in search of real love, experience and Jack Nicholson. Wicked-tongued, star-fixated, clever and restless, Viva is like no other girl - and this is no ordinary summer ...

About Emma Forrest

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Emma Forrest is the author of the novels Namedropper, Thin Skin and Cherries In The Snow, and editor of the non-fiction anthology Damage Control. She lives in Los Angeles, where she is a screenwriter.
Published January 1, 1998 by Mandarin. 234 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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(It figures that a depressive singer with the group Kindness of Strangers, the one character who seems to draw Viva into a connection with something outside herself, disappears early on.) Viva floridly fails her exams, joins Ray on a Hollywood junket, compares the real movie stars at the Château ...

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Viva Cohen, a self-proclaimed ""insecure teenage Jew,"" is the starstruck heroine of Forrest's zippy, pop-conscious debut.

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