The Locklear Letters by Michael Kun

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The Locklear Letters is a farcical look at celebrity worship in today’s society through the eyes of Sid Straw, an affable, if not boring, software salesman who tries to rekindle an acquaintanceship with his former college classmate turned Hollywood starlet Heather Locklear.
His innocent letter requesting an autographed picture begins a bizarre turn of events that eventually costs him his job, foils his romantic intentions toward a co-worker, drains his finances, and generally ruins his life.
Sid, a Don Quixote character with large blind spots regarding the fate of his one-sided correspondence with the movie star and his own behavior, cannot escape the wrath of lawyers, public relations bulldogs, angry bosses, and ex-girlfriends that drags his life down the tubes. Until he fights back.

"I don't think I've ever laughed this hard†!†† Ever!!"
—Pat O’Brian, Access Hollywood

“…its air of droll desperation and sweetly uplifting finale are perfect for those sweltering days when tackling anything more substantial would bring up a sweat.” —The Village Voice

“Thirteen years after the publication of his well-received first novel, A Thousand Benjamins, Kun returns with a cheeky take on celebrity worship . . . Kun overcomes the limitations of his epistolary format with some inventive maneuvering . . . .Kun's lighthearted humor pokes clever fun at our ongoing obsession with fame and celebrity."—PublishersWeekly

"The one-sided conversation between the main character, Sid Straw, and anyone to whom he writes is both witty and desperate. At times, the reader does not know whether to laugh or to cry because of the situations in which Straw just happens to be in at times. The fact that he writes to Heather Locklear remains unclear, and his letters to her provoke ideas of loneliness. The resolution with which the novel pursues follows the adage that "you get what you deserve," and it is absolutely delightful to witness this, step by step. Definitely something everyone can appreciate, because where would we be if we couldn't write to Heather Locklear?" –Bookworks bookstore, New Mexico

“A quick and enjoyable tour of the lighter, funnier side of dementia.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“A fast and good read. The funniest epistolary book since Groucho Marx’s Letters. Reads like a novel but looks like letters—good to see Kun back in the literary business.”
—Stephen Dixon, author of I and Frog and two time National Book Award finalist
The Locklear Letters leads us through a hilarious comedy of errors, misunderstanding, cynicism and litigiousness. Sid's good nature, enthusiasm, and overall thickness lead him down a path that threatens to topple his life. One can't help but laugh out loud at the good-natured obtuseness of Sid, and as such, The Locklear Letters is a light, quick, and damned funny read. —bookgeek.com
“Sid Straw, like most people in this world, is interesting after we peel back the layers that surround him.” —Las Vegas Weekly

“…[a] humorous book that is well worth the time it takes to read.” —Hippopress.com

“A farcical look at celebrity worship in today's society through the eyes of Sid Straw, an affable, if not boring, software salesman who tries to rekindle an acquaintanceship with his former college classmate turned Hollywood star Heather Locklear.” —Mostlyfiction.com

“This was hilarious. It’s an epistolary novel, so it’s a quick read, but there are so many wicked twists and turns. It’s kind of a cross between a literary Letters from a Nut and the painful scene in Swingers where Mike plays out the doomed, one-sided trajectory of a relationship with a girl he’s just met in an escalating series of desperate message left on her machine.” — Brad Thomas Parsons, fiction editor at Amazon.com
 

About Michael Kun

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Michael Kun is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the University of Virginia School of Law. He has authored four previous novels including the 2003 BookSense selection The Locklear Letters and his most recent work, You Poor Monster. He lives in Los Angeles.
 
Published April 12, 2012 by MP Publishing Limited. 341 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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Sid is convinced (though nobody else seems to be) that he briefly knew the actress Heather Locklear at school and writes to request an autographed photograph as a birthday present for his brother Tom, “a HUGE fan .

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Thirteen years after the publication of his well-received first novel, A Thousand Benjamins, Kun returns with a cheeky take on celebrity worship, tracing the downward spiral of an annoying salesman through an ongoing, obsessive series of letters he writes to his famous college classmate, Heather ...

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