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A Star Is Bored by Byron Lane | GGP Online Book Club
September 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Please join us on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 7 PM PDT for a GGP Online Book Club discussion of Byron Lane’s new novel, A STAR IS BORED.
The Zoom meeting will be at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87632016905.
“A Star is Bored is an absolute knockout. Riotously funny and wickedly tender.”
— Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones and the Six
People Magazine Best Book of Summer 2020 – Named a Must-Read Summer book by Town & Country – Named One of the 14 Best Books of Summer 2020 by Harper’s Bazaar – One of Library Journal‘s 2020 “Titles to Watch” – One of the 30 Best Beach Reads According to Parade Magazine
She needs an assistant.
He needs a hero.
A hilariously heartfelt novel influenced in part by the author’s time assisting Carrie Fisher.
Charlie Besson is tense and sweating as he prepares for a wild job interview. His car is idling, like his life, outside the Hollywood mansion of Kathi Kannon, star of stage and screen and People magazine’s Worst Dressed list. She’s an actress in need of assistance, and he’s adrift and in need of a lifeline.
Kathi is an icon, bestselling author, and award-winning movie star, most known for her role as Priestess Talara in a blockbuster sci-fi film. She’s also known in another role: Outrageous Hollywood royalty. Admittedly so. Famously so. Chaotically so, as Charlie quickly discovers.
Charlie gets the job, and his three-year odyssey is filled with late-night shopping sprees, last-minute trips to see the aurora borealis, and an initiation to that most sacred of Hollywood tribes: the personal assistant. But Kathi becomes much more than a boss, and as their friendship grows Charlie must make a choice. Will he always be on the sidelines of life, assisting the great forces that be, or can he step into his own life’s leading role?
Laugh-out-loud funny, and searingly poignant, Byron Lane’s A Star is Bored is a novel that, like the star at its center, is enchanting and joyous, heartbreaking and hopeful.
About the Author
Byron Lane is a playwright and screenwriter. He’s also worked as a journalist and personal assistant to celebrities including Carrie Fisher. He’s originally from New Orleans and lives in Los Angeles with his boyfriend and their rescue dog, Tilda. This is his first novel.
“Carrie Fisher’s spirit animates this funny, dishy, and deeply affectionate roman à clef by her former personal assistant. The force is with him.”
— People “Must-Reads for Summer”
“Lane debuts with a fizzy roman à clef about a celebrity assistant, playfully alluding to his experience working for the late actor Carrie Fisher. Lane begins with Charlie Besson’s job interview…an assistant to Kathi Kannon, famous for playing the beloved Priestess Talara in the science fiction epic Nova Quest. Lane brings wit and tenderness to Kathi’s mostly acerbic personality, and her attachment to Charlie is potent and palpable… Lane’s affecting tale would show how the real Charlie found his own superpower—as a novelist.”
— Publishers Weekly
“Aside from being laugh out loud funny, brazen, charming and exquisitely observed, ASIB is romantic, soulful and filled with tender sweetness. For those of us who knew Carrie and Byron it all brings back chokingly funny and necessarily sad memories of a uniquely beautiful and deranged ménage, but it will make every reader feel at home and a part of it too.”
— Stephen Fry