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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Stealing Arthur by Joel Perry

Stealing Arthur by Joel Perry
Transgender Contemporary General Fiction
Paperback: 380 pages
Publisher: Bear Bones Books (January 10, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590215869
ISBN-13: 978-1590215869
Amazon: Stealing Arthur
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In this hilarious novel based on an actual event, author Joel Perry tells of fifty-five of Hollywood's highest awards--the Arthurs--have been stolen, setting in motion the kind of crazy only turn-of-the-millennium Los Angeles can provide. Intrigue, murder, comedy, sex, romance, celebrity dish, and ultimately redemption play out for characters from Skid Row to Hollywood's Walk of Fame, including all the desperate wannabes in between. In a town where people would happily kill anyone for a part, what would they do for a gilded Arthur statuette?

Ha! This book was sick, twisted fun. The plot was like a maze, and I found myself laughing quite a bit. If you like your books quirky and offbeat, you should dive right into this one.

While there was certainly a lot of plot, I found it too intricate and difficult to follow. Still, I recognize that developing such a plot took skill. Some interesting twists and an exciting climax. There were far too many characters for me to keep track of easily. I suppose there were good details and good dialogue to help develop them, but figuring out who was who was a continual challenge. I always felt I was in Los Angeles in the world of the film industry. Snappy dialogue, some good humor (though as I said earlier there was a lot of humor that didn't work for me), some genuinely touching scenes.

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