Fiction. Winner of the fourth annual Tartt First Fiction Award. A neurotically jealous band of celebrities' children cruelly abandons one of their pack in the desert. A recovering nymphomaniac plots to kidnap her daughter from a religious cult she deems embarrassingly bland. A stage mother starves her daughter into permanent prepubescence then uses her to perpetrate a child abuse scam. Two call girls who operate as a fake twin act suspect each other of murdering their johns. On the dark fringes of Hollywood's sparkle live the eternal strivers, the unsung unknowns whose unquenchable ambition and ambivalent compliance in their own exploitation fuels America's dream factory. These characters are connected by their tangle of deluded grandeur and wrenching resilience. They are heroines who give a contemporary voice to the mysterious, dangerous, devoid-of-inner-life femme fatales who have long been central to the city's identity through their shadowy roles in the classic L.A. tales of Nathanael West, Raymond Chandler, Charles Bukowski, and Bret Easton Ellis. AUTO-EROTICA is a black valentine to the city of angels.
Charles Dodd White in Rain Taxi
Stacia Saint Owens grew up in Leavenworth, Kansas. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Brown University, and a BFA in Theatre with a Playwriting concentration from Southern Methodist University. While at Brown, she was awarded the university's Weston Prize in Writing. She is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. A former Lecturer in English Literature at Harrow College in London, she now resides in Los Angeles, where she is writing a novel. Her favorite book is F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, her favorite writers are Flannery O'Connor and Vladimir Nabokov, her favorite living writer is Salman Rushdie, her favorite newcomer is Sarah Waters, and she owes it all to L. Frank Baum's marvelous Oz series. Author City: LOS ANGELES, CA USA