Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 240 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.6 in
Published: May 6, 2014
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1476778388
ISBN - 13: 9781476778389
From the Publisher
Now a "provocative" and "impressive" (Variety) film from
director Gia Coppola (Francis Ford Coppola's
granddaughter)-starring Emma Roberts, James Franco, Nat Wolff, and
Val Kilmer-the fiction debut from James Franco that Vogue
called "compelling and gutsy."
James Franco's story collection traces the lives of a 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 "Lockheed" a young woman's
summer-spent working a dull internship-is suddenly upended by a
spectacular incident of violence at a house party. In "American
History" a high school freshman attempts to impress a girl with a
realistic portrayal of a slave owner during a classroom skit-only
to have his feigned bigotry avenged. In "I Could Kill Someone," a
lonely teenager buys a gun with the aim of killing his high school
tormentor, but begins to wonder about his bully's own inner life.
These "spare and riveting" (O, The Oprah Magazine) stories
are a compelling portrait of lives on the rough fringes of youth.
Palo Alto is, "a collection of beautifully written
stories" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) that "capture
with perfect pitch the impossible exhilaration, the inevitable
downbeatness, and the pure confusion of being an adolescent"
Features a bonus essay by James Franco on Gia Coppola''s film
"[Franco] ends up perfectly mirroring the undulations of a teenage
mind."-The New York Times Book Review