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Palo Alto: Stories

by James Franco

Scribner | May 6, 2014 | Trade Paperback

Palo Alto: Stories is rated 2 out of 5 by 1.
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” (Elle).

Features a bonus essay by James Franco on Gia Coppola''s film adaptation.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 240 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.6 in

Published: May 6, 2014

Publisher: Scribner

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1476778388

ISBN - 13: 9781476778389

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from I once thought that he could do it all I bought this book at the height of James Franco's career. This was a time when he was acting, getting his masters, writing and fulfilling all the other obligations of an A-list actor. I was optimistic. I thought that he could do all these things and write an excellent selection of stories. I was wrong. These stories are unnecessarily violent, sexual and drug fueled. Some may say that that was the point. That they are supposed to show the nihilism of our times (I think that word was written on the jacket) Yet when all the stories follow the same pointless theme, the entire collection brutally suffers because there is no relief. It all becomes pointless.
Date published: 2014-07-24

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Palo Alto: Stories

by James Franco

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 240 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.6 in

Published: May 6, 2014

Publisher: Scribner

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1476778388

ISBN - 13: 9781476778389

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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” (Elle).

Features a bonus essay by James Franco on Gia Coppola''s film adaptation.

Editorial Reviews

“[Franco] ends up perfectly mirroring the undulations of a teenage mind.”—The New York Times Book Review
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