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The Paper Wasp

The Paper Wasp

A seductive, suspenseful novel of female friendship, obsession and twisted betrayal, set against the feverish backdrop of contemporary Hollywood

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ISBN 9781529401011
Barcode 9781529401011
Published 13 June 2019 by Quercus Publishing Plc
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Acampora, Lauren
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ISBN-13 9781529401011
ISBN-10 1529401011
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Quercus Publishing Plc
Imprint riverrun
Publication Date 13 June 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Acampora, Lauren
Category Modern Fiction
Adventure / Thriller
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 159mm
Height: 240mm
Spine: 35mm
Weight 510g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Hollywood Los Angeles, Calif - Fiction
NBS Text Crime, Thriller & Adventure
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 813.6
Catalogue Code 985261

Description of this Book

'Acampora is an original' Jay McInerney, author of Bright Lights, Big City An electrifying debut novel of two women's friendship, a haunting obsession and twisted ambition, set against the feverish backdrop of contemporary Hollywood. Abby Graven is a dreamer. She dreams her way through her small, lonely life - hiding back at her parents, working at the grocery store. At night, she collects tabloid clippings that taunt her with Elise - her best friend, now Hollywood's hot new starlet. Once, she and Elise studied films together. Now Abby obsesses over her favourite director, the European Auguste Perren. Enigmatic, rarely seen, he's known for his exclusive actors' studio in LA, the Rhizome, and controversial training in lucid dreaming. When a school reunion throws Elise in her path, Abby grabs the chance with both hands. With feverish certainty, she boards a one-way flight to LA to become Elise's PA and enters her gauzy realm of film sets and glamorous actors. Even as Abby overcomes her insecurities, she realises she's not the only one with scars. Behind Elise's glossy magazine veneer, she is drowning in Hollywood's vicious social cycle. Ever the devoted friend, Abby conceals her own burning desire for greatness. For she is smarter than Elise. More talented. A true artist. And after Elise finally introduces Abby to the Rhizome, she knows it's her destiny. As she edges closer to her own ambitions, Abby can see only one way to make her dream come true. Propelled by seductive, unstoppable force, The Paper Wasp slashes through the dark side of Hollywood and the treacherous intimacies of female friendship, pursuing a heroine of blazing artistic vision and blinding drive.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Like Wharton, Acampora seems to understand fiction as a kind of elegant design . . . There is a barbed honesty to the stories that brushes up against Acampora's lovely prose to interesting effect. Often a single sentence twists sinuously, charged with positive and negative electricity - New York Times Book Review, on The Wonder Garden Dark and brilliant . . . Lauren Acampora is a terrific writer - Joseph O Neil, author of The Dog, on The Wonder Garden The world depicted in Lauren Acampora's stories seems reassuringly familiar, until it becomes unaccountably strange and unsettling. One moment we seem to be in Cheever's Westchester, the next we plunge through the looking glass into realms that may remind some readers of George Saunders or Robert Coover or the David Lynch of Blue Velvet, though, inevitably, all resemblances prove to be superficial. Acampora is an original - Jay McInerney, author of Bright Lights, Big City, on The Wonder Garden Witty, intelligent, deeply compassionate and gorgeously crafted . . . I can't stop thinking about these stories - Molly Antopol, author of The UnAmericans, on The Wonder Garden
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Lauren Acampora is the author of The Wonder Garden, which won the GLCA New Writers Award, and was named a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, an Indie Next selection, a New England Book Award finalist, and one of Amazon and NPR's best books of the year. The Paper Wasp is her first novel.

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