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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.
Publishers Weekly Review
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Captivating and gritty and grim and cringe-worthy
I read this book in just 2 days. I couldn't put it down. The stories are terrifying mostly because they all stir nauseating memories and ring too true in any former coming-of-age-student's recollections. James Franco found another artistic outlet in writing. He captures the memories of being a directionless slave to youth culture in the early to mid-ninties, which is little unaltered in comparison to today's young adults. Well done.
This book was funny at times and emotional sometimes.
Palo alto review
Mr.franco has written a great collection of short story's. His literary skills are reminiscent of a young Faulkner. He has a very refreshing style. My only complaint is how he ties in each individual story's main points his consistency is so so and he could have put more content. All in all though very entertaining worth the purchase definitley.