Palo Alto is the debut of a powerful new literary voice, Hollywood actor/director, James Franco. Written with an immediacy and sense of place Palo Alto traces the lives of an extended group of teenagers as they experiment with vices of all kinds, struggle with their families and one another, and succumb to self-destructive, often heartless nihilism.
In the classic American tradition of story-cycles such as Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio, Palo Alto presents a stark, vivid, disturbing, but, above all, compassionate portrait of lives on the rough fringes of youth. Franco presents his characters in all their raw humanity, while at the same time providing insight into the teenage mind.
About the Author
James Franco is an actor, director, author, and visual artist. His film appearances include Milk, Pineapple Express, Howl, and 127 Hours, which earned him an Academy Award nomination. He is the author of the collection Palo Alto, and his writing has been published in Esquire, Vanity Fair, N+1, The Wall Street Journal, and McSweeney's. Franco's art has been exhibited throughout the world including at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Museum of Contemporary Art's PS1 in New York, the Clocktower Gallery in New York, and the Peres Projects in Berlin. He lives in New York City.
Paperback | 224 pages
130 x 220 x 10mm | 400g
04 Aug 2011
Faber & Faber
London, United Kingdom
A secondhand book that does not look new and has been read but is in good condition. Very minimal damage to the cover, including very minimal scuff marks along the edges, and creasing on the front cover that runs parallel to the spine. No missing or damaged pages, with very minimal creasing but no tears. No underlining/highlighting of text or writing in the margins. Very minimal wear and tear.