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Palo Alto: Stories by James Franco

Palo Alto: Stories by James Franco

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A fiercely vivid collection of stories about troubled California teenagers and misfits--violent and harrowing, from the astonishingly talented actor and artist James Franco.

“[Franco] ends up perfectly mirroring the undulations of a teenage mind.”
-- The New York Times Book Review

Palo Alto is the debut of a surprising and powerful new literary voice. Written with an immediate sense of place--claustrophobic and ominous--James Franco's collection traces the lives of an extended group of teenagers as they experiment with vices of all kinds, struggle with their families and one another, and succumb to self-destructive, often heartless nihilism. In "Lockheed" a young woman's summer--spent working a dull internship--is suddenly upended by a spectacular incident of violence at a house party. In "American History" a high school freshman attempts to impress a girl during a classroom skit with a realistic portrayal of a slave owner—only to have his feigned bigotry avenged. In "I Could Kill Someone," a lonely teenager buys a gun with the aim of killing his high school tormentor, but begins to wonder about his bully's own inner life.
These linked stories, stark, vivid, and disturbing, are a compelling portrait of lives on the rough fringes of youth.
A fiercely vivid collection of stories about troubled California teenagers and misfits--violent and harrowing, from the astonishingly talented actor and artist James Franco.

“[Franco] ends up perfectly mirroring the undulations of a teenage mind.”
-- The New York Times Book Review

Palo Alto is the debut of a surprising and powerful new literary voice. Written with an immediate sense of place--claustrophobic and ominous--James Franco's collection traces the lives of an extended group of teenagers as they experiment with vices of all kinds, struggle with their families and one another, and succumb to self-destructive, often heartless nihilism. In "Lockheed" a young woman's summer--spent working a dull internship--is suddenly upended by a spectacular incident of violence at a house party. In "American History" a high school freshman attempts to impress a girl during a classroom skit with a realistic portrayal of a slave owner—only to have his feigned bigotry avenged. In "I Could Kill Someone," a lonely teenager buys a gun with the aim of killing his high school tormentor, but begins to wonder about his bully's own inner life.
These linked stories, stark, vivid, and disturbing, are a compelling portrait of lives on the rough fringes of youth.

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Publish date: Jun 7, 2011
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PALO ALTO
“The stories are raw and funny-sad, and they capture with perfectpitch the impossible exhilaration, the inevitable downbeat-ness,and the pure confusion of being an adolescent. . . . Franco hasa air for creating these stopped moments that lift a story fromits specic setting into a universal place, so that particular mean-ings resonate out from themselves and redouble their effect.”
 — 
 Elle 
“Delightfully coarse, rifng dialogue that hones in on subjectslike race and sex, love and violence . . . Compelling and gutsy.”
 — 
Vogue 
“Franco writes with such deep empathy and afnity that onehas to wonder if he lived this life.”
 — 
USA Today 
“You’ll be able to pick out Franco’s inuences: RaymondCarver’s tight-lipped stoicism; the sun-streaked disaffectionof 
Less Than Zero
. . . Hubert Selby Jr.’s
Last Exit to Brooklyn 
.. . . He excels at dialogue.
 —Salon.com
“In ‘I Could Kill Someone’ especially, about a high schooler’sdeliberations over murdering a bully, there is an element of sympathy for the tormented narrator that makes his thoughtprocess real and frightening. . . . Franco is a serious writer.
 — 
The Wall Street Journal 
 
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