Hollywoodland: An American Fairy Tale
Hollywoodland: An American Fairy Tale
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Product Description Sharlene Miller is a small-town girl dreaming of Hollywood glamour. In her relentless quest for success she transforms herself into the cultural icon Sierra. But fame always has its price. Struggling with demons both real and imagined, Sierra finds herself moving through coma-induced hallucinations, fairy tale porn films, down the rabbit hole of addiction, and finally through the looking glass of Hollywood itself. From Booklist Abandoned and abused as a child, Sharlene clings to every young girl's glimmering fantasy of knights in shining armor and crystal palaces. With an enviable beauty and a body that won't stop, teenage Sharlene sets out to make her dreams come true. Gaining entree into the notorious world of sex and drugs as a rock-and-roll groupie, Sharlene moves on to small-time porn, eventually making the transition to mainstream movies and TV. Sierra, as she is now known, seems to have achieved the fame and fortune she always desired, but, as the adage goes, one must be careful of what one wishes for. Success may have come to Sierra, but Sharlene's childhood insecurities are never far from the surface, and can only be calmed through an escalating combination of booze, pills, and destructive relationships. With nods to Marilyn Monroe and Monica Lewinsky, Banash's recognizable protagonist is a combination of every starstruck waif or burned-out movie star whose sexuality turned out to be their one-way ticket to misfortune. Carol Haggas Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved Review “This novel belongs on the book shelf between Valley of the Dolls and The Day of the Locust.” --Binnie Kirshenbaum, author of An Almost Perfect Moment, June, 2006 “An absorbing, emotional, quicksand-like first novel. Banash is destined for great things.” --Scott Bradfield, Scott Bradfield, author of The History of Luminous Motion and Hot Animal Love: Tales of Modern Romance, June, 2006 From the Back Cover Sharlene Miller is a small town girl dreaming of Hollywood fame and fortune. In her relentless quest for success she becomes a groupie, a porn star, a television starlet and, finally, the cultural icon Sierrabut fame always has its price. Struggling with demons both real and imagined, addicted to drugs and abandoned by her fans, Sierra finds herself moving through coma induced hallucinations, fairy-tale porn films, down the rabbit hole of drugs and alcohol, and finally through the looking glass of Hollywood itself. Drawing from A Star is Born, Grimms Fairy Tales, Alice in Wonderland, The E! True Hollywood Story, and the lives of Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, Dorothy Stratten, Sharon Tate, Krysti Lynn, and Savannah, Hollywoodland: An American Fairy Tale revises popular cultures archetypal narratives to create the definitive Hollywood starletSierra. About the Author Jennifer Banash was born and raised in New York City. She lives, works and writes in Iowa City, Iowa, and is a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Iowa. In August 2006, she co-founded Impetus Press, a small indie publisher in the Midwest dedicated to publishing serious literary fiction with a pop edge. Jennifer's first novel Hollywoodland: An American Fairy Tale, is published by Impetus Press, and a non-fiction essay, "The Ring," will appear in the May 2007 release Generation What?: Dispatches from the Mid-Twenties Crisis, published by Speck Press. She is currently writing an untitled young adult series for Penguin, Berkley, and working on a novel about the court of Versailles under the reign of Louis XIV.