My Lucky Star

My Lucky Star

A Novel

Book - 2006 | 1st ed.
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The luckless writing team of Philip Cavanaugh and Claire Simmons is lured to Hollywood by their shifty pal Gilberts offer of an improbably high-profile screenwriting gig. The job proves even more ill-gotten than theyd feared, but just as Claire packs her bags, enter sexy megastar Stephen Donato, the monarch of Philips fantasies and a man with a Problem. Stephen, secretly gay, has gotten wind of a memoir to be penned by his aunt Lily, a washed-up actress with more than enough TNT to blow the hinges off his closet. Philip, smitten, proposes a bargain: if they can write Stephens next picture, Philip will do double duty as Lilys ghostwriter, providing Stephen a spy and an agent of influence in the enemy camp. What could go wrong? Well, for starters theres the arrival of Moira Finch, the trios old nemesis and as cunning a wolf as ever donned a sheep suit. Thanks to Moiras machinations, Philip soon finds himself center stage in a rapidly escalating fiasco involving call boys, blackmail, enraged publicists, vengeful DAs, and the single most ill-judged sex act a married megastar has ever committed. Written with the manic brilliance and nonstop hilarity Keenan brought to both his previous two Philip and Gilbert books and the dizzy farces he scripted for Frasier, MY LUCKY STAR sends up Hollywood pretense higher than its ever been sent before.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316060196
0316060194
Branch Call Number: KEENA
Characteristics: 361 p.

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FindingJane Jun 10, 2017

Filled with ripostes, jests, quips and catty remarks galore, “My Lucky Star” is a cutting look at Hollywood fame and fortune and the lengths to which people will go to get it. (When your masseur is actually a rent boy in a high-end brothel and tells you casually that he’s also an actor, where else could you be but in movie-obsessed Cali?). At times, the novel rises to the frothiness of a farce by Ferenc Molnar, complete with near-escapes, disguises, false identities, slammed doors, suspicious spouses and would-be sex partners hidden under the furniture. Then again, there are gay hustlers involved so this might be more akin to a Joe Orton play.

It’s a hilarious exposition of the rise, fall and rise again of two would-be scriptwriters along with their amoral scapegrace of a friend. It’s funny, moving and chock-full of surprises. It’s like a sugary kid’s cereal with a nifty prize at the bottom. Dig through “My Lucky Star” to get your prize.

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RobertPowers
Feb 04, 2016

Funny, funny, funny! Joe Keenan was a producer/writer of the hit series Frazier. Here is his third in a series of outlandish escapades by Phillip, his music partner Claire, and the instigator of all the problems the ever oblivious Gilbert. The first book is Blue Heaven and the second is Putting on the Ritz. However, each book is self-contained. The humor is not. Perfect for the February blaws

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