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Lucy Faas was lonely, though she didn’t realize it before coming to stay at Alexander Murphy’s Montecito home. She just thought she was leaving her suburban hermitage for a fresh place where she could work on the comeback for her abandoned music career; she never expected to open up about her rape at fourteen whose songwriting therapy propelled her into a music career, or ...more
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Published September 5th 2011 by Josh Karaczewski, via Smashwords
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L.H. Thomson
Apr 28, 2012 L.H. Thomson rated it did not like it
I concede off the top to getting only 40% through the book before calling it a day.

Author Josh Karaczewski displays occasional moments of clever metaphor and compelling turn-of-phrase, but they are too few and far between in this utter wreck of a novel.

Alternately a rambling narrative and an exercise in literary experimentation, it succeeds at neither, feeling ponderously pretentious in its use of eighteen-syllable dialogue while at the same time capturing some of the worst traits of bad fictio
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Steve
Jul 29, 2013 Steve rated it it was amazing
In this witty, ambitious novel of ideas, Josh Karaczewski anatomizes a culture of celebrity that’s become predatory and inhumane. Alexander Murphy is an enigmatic tycoon who runs an exclusive resort for celebrities, a haven from scandal-stalkers and unwholesome media scrutiny. Lucy Faas is one of his residents, a singer-songwriter ready to emerge from retirement. She doesn’t know what’s worse: the way she became defined by the childhood assault that she dealt with in her songs, or the intrusion ...more
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Apr 28, 2012 Unbound Underground rated it it was ok
2 stars out of 5: Some audiences may find the pop culture references and the celebrity-gossip orientation of the novel entertaining, but many readers may also find it difficult to devote much energy or emotional connection to the underdeveloped characters. The authorial narration is a comedic feature that may attract some readers who may be interested in the subplot involving a character named Josh Karaczewski, though it’s hard to imagine that stylized narration will be enough to carry character ...more
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Creative Reviews: Hearken reviewers to my call! 1 11 Feb 20, 2012 06:10PM  
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Josh Karaczewski has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area his whole life - save for a year studying architecture in Boston.

He majored in Art, taking English classes for fun.

He recently moved back to teaching High School English full time after a couple years substitute teaching, which is better on the bank account, but terrible for writing. He is also a partner in his family candy business, Chastit
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