Still Holding by Bruce Wagner

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If there's an even darker side to Hollywood than the one America is familiar with, Bruce Wagner has found it. A twenty-first-century Nathanael West, he has been hailed for his powerful prose, his Swiftian satire, and the scalpel-sharp wit that has, in each of his novels, dissected and sometimes disemboweled Hollywood excess.

Now, in his most ambitious book to date, Still Holding, the third in the Cellular Trilogy that began with I'm Losing You and I'll Let You Go, Wagner immerses readers in post-September 11 Hollywood, revealing as much rabid ambition, rampant narcissism, and unchecked mental illness as ever. It is a scabrous, epiphanic, sometimes horrifying portrait of an entangled community of legitimate stars, delusional wanna-bes, and psychosociopaths. Wagner infiltrates the gilded life of a superstar actor/sex symbol/practicing Buddhist, the compromised world of a young actress whose big break comes when she's hired to play a corpse on Six Feet Under, and the strange parallel universe of look-alikes -- an entire industry in which struggling actors are hired out for parties and conventions to play their famous counterparts. Alternately hilarious and heartfelt, ferocious and empathetic, Still Holding is Bruce Wagner's most expertly calibrated work.

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 March 26, 2013 by Simon & Schuster. 368 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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At the same time, Becca’s life starts on the ascent when she gets cast as a corpse on Six Feet Under, which leads to her getting a role in the new Spike Jonze movie, about celebrity look-alikes.

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Ambitious Becca is hired as a cameo corpse on HBO's Six Feet Under and winds up girl Friday to TV sitcom queen Viv, Kit's fiancé, who is shacking up with Kit's best pal.

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Joining 1996's I'm Losing You and 2002's I'll Let You Go, Bruce Wagner's latest Hollywood burlesque, Still Holding, concludes his loosely associated "cell phone trilogy," in which each title is a phrase commonly used by people barking into their handhelds.

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Wagner has the odd but marvelous ability to be resolutely kind and unsparingly cutting at the same time, a contradiction played out hilariously in the final novel in the Hollywood-set trilogy that includes ''I'll Let You Go'' and ''I'm Losing You.'' The title is a playful double entendre that...

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It’s possible that being mentioned in a Bruce Wagner novel will become a Hollywood status symbol.

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