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Famous People: A Novel | Justin Kuritzkes
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This fresh, smart novel in the guise of a celebrity memoir probes the inner life of a mega-famous pop star Why I really decided to write this book now is like, the world seems to be spinning out of control, you know? People are so mad at each other. People are taking life so seriously. People are losing hope. And I think, honestly, its because people are so rooted in their own particular spot in the universe. But something happens to you when youre touring all around the world all the time. Something happens to you when you visit some country youve never heard of and you see your face on the side of a bus being used to sell some soda that you didnt even know existed, and you call up your people and youre like: Yo, did we agree to this? And they tell you: Yes, it was part of an overall deal with East Asia. Something happens: You realize how tiny you are. Honestly, thats what amazes me the most with a lot of the people I meet: they think theyre so big. They think, ultimately, that the universe revolves around them. And Im beginning to think that its only when you live a life like mineits only when youre in a position where you dont even really own yourself, when you cant even really say that youre a citizen of any particular countrythat you realize that were all just tiny pieces of cosmic dust floating through the void until we disappear forever and were never heard from again. So begins the life story of our uber famous twenty-two year old narrator. A teen idol since he was twelve, when a video of him singing the national anthem went viral, his star has only risen since. Now, haunted by the suicide of his manager-father in the wake of their painful parting, unsettled by the very different paths he and his his teenage love (and girl pop-star counterpart) Mandy have taken, and increasingly aware that he has signed on to something he has little control over, he begins to parse the divide that separates him from the normal people of the world, and enlighten the rest of us along the way. Sneakily philosophical, earnest and funny, Famous People is a rollicking, unforgettable look at the clash between fame and the human condition, and what it really means to be normal.
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And Mandy was like: A famous person is just a normal person who thinks they exist.