After reading Steve Hely’s satirical debut novel, How I Became a Famous NovelistNew York Times critic Janet Maslin took the bait and turned in a rave review that has sent the book to #459 on Amazon. Written by a former writer for The Late Show With David Letterman and Fox’s cartoon American Dad, the paperback original is about a hack who decides to make an ex-girlfriend jealous by becoming the most popular novelist in America. Libraries we checked have small reserves on an average of six copies.

In her Times reviewMaslin sums up:  “Mr. Hely has deftly clobbered the popular-book business. He has taken aim at lucrative “tidy candy-packaged novels you wrapped up and gave as presents,” the kinds of books that go “from store shelves to home shelves to used-book sales unread.” His complaints about such books are very funny. They’d be even funnier if they weren’t true.”

The New York Post also chimes in, “what makes this book especially funny and satisfying is that it lampoons an aspect of American culture that doesn’t get parodied as often as others, such as film and television. The book industry is no less deserving. After all, this is a country that made “The Bridges of Madison County” and “The Secret” runaway bestsellers.”

How I Became a Famous Novelist
Steve Hely
Retail Price: $14.00
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Grove Press, Black Cat – (2009-07-08)
ISBN / EAN: 0802170609 / 9780802170606

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