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My Lucky Star


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A hilarious Hollywood farce from the multiple Emmy-winning scriptwriter of 'Frasier? and Producer of 'Desperate Housewives?.

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Joe Keenan is a playwright, lyricist and the author of two previous novels, Blue Heaven and Putting on the Ritz. He wrote and produced Frasier for seven years, receiving five Emmy nominations for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series, and is now the Producer of Desperate Housewives. He lives in Los Angeles.


In two earlier novels, Blue Heaven (1988) and Putting on the Ritz (1991), Keenan adapted and updated P.G. Wodehouse to his own original and side-splitting ends. Now, after a long hiatus largely spent as a writer and producer on the TV show Frasier, Keenan has produced a comic masterpiece that in intricacy of plotting and brilliance of language rivals the best of Wodehouse. Keenan sends his down-on-their-luck heroes-ordinary guy and narrator Philip Cavanaugh; Philip's unscrupulous pal and former lover, Gilbert Selwyn; and their brainy friend, Claire Simmons-to Hollywood, where Philip winds up helping aging has-been movie star, Lily Malenfant, pen her scandalous memoirs. In fact, Philip has been hired as a spy by Lily's more successful actress sister, Diana, and Diana's son, Stephen Donato, a closeted male action star, who both have good reason to fear the dirt Lily plans to dish. Enter the boys' nemesis from Blue Heaven, Moira Finch, and their fortunes plummet in a series of misadventures involving blackmail, male prostitutes, impersonating a police officer, and a sex act caught on videotape that's as audacious as it is hilarious. By the end, a vindictive DA thinks he has Philip and Gilbert at his mercy, but of course he didn't reckon with Claire, who comes up with a solution to their troubles worthy of that which Jeeves uses to save Bertie's neck in The Code of the Woosters. Hitherto marketed primarily to gay readers, Keenan deserves to win a large, appreciative audience of all sexual persuasions with this tour de force. Agent, Geri Thoma at the Elaine Markson Agency. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

In this Hollywood spoof, a trio of writers gets a chance at the brass nipple ring on the strength of a reprise of a movie you and I have seen (Casablanca) but that a big-name action director (fill in the blank) has no idea exists. Once installed at salaries that cause nosebleed (especially if you know the right drug dealer), Philip, Gilbert, and Claire end up working not only on the tell-all memoirs of a faded has-been of the silver screen (fill in the blank); but also on a treatment of something akin to The Diary of Anne Frank, only replete with action sequences and a zippy ending. To compound their problems, Moira, Gilbert's ex, is running a family-friendly bordello whose doors swing lustily and both ways. Hellzapoppin' for the Bravo set, this book by Keenan (Putting on the Ritz), writer/producer for the Frasier series, is good, bitchy fun for those seeking the same. For all larger public libraries.-Bob Lunn, Kansas City P.L., MO Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Keenan's command of the written word is as deft as the words he puts in other peoples mouths on TV... Ridiculously, almost criminally, funny... In Keenan's world, everyone is either morally corrupt, incredibly stupid or, in Moira's case, pure evil. And we should thank him for it. Because My Lucky Star may just be the funniest novel of the year... Unmissable. * Irish Independent *
This hilarious tale of naive screenwriter Philip, lured to La-La Land by his amoral pal Gilbert. The manic twists and jibes at modern celebrity culture are a delight. * Scotland on Sunday *
Comedy of a high order... This is sophisticated, deliciously camp entertainment * The Times *
'Urbane wit and high like quicksilver through the veins of My Lucky Star... A delightful, feel good, beautifully crafted romp... Laugh out loud funny... It is ingenious, unpredictable and wholly enjoyable' * Independent on Sunday *
'Brilliant set pieces-Intrigue has never been so intriguing - Keenan writes like an uncloseted Coward -Not high-minded satire but - something much rarer - pure-hearted camp.' Voice Literary Supplement

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