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The Paper Wasp

(2019)
A novel by

 
 
'Acampora is an original' Jay McInerney, author of Bright Lights, Big City

An electrifying debut novel of two women's friendship, a haunting obsession and twisted ambition, set against the feverish backdrop of contemporary Hollywood.

Abby Graven is a dreamer. She dreams her way through her small, lonely life - hiding back at her parents, working at the grocery store. At night, she collects tabloid clippings that taunt her with Elise - her best friend, now Hollywood's hot new starlet.

When a school reunion throws Elise in her path, Abby seizes her chance. With feverish certainty, she boards a one-way flight to LA to become Elise's assistant and enters her gauzy realm of film sets and glamorous actors.

But behind Elise's glossy magazine veneer, she is drowning in Hollywood's vicious social cycle. Ever the devoted friend, Abby conceals her own burning desire for greatness.

For she is smarter than Elise. More talented. A true artist. And as she edges closer to her own ambitions, Abby can see only one way to make her dream come true.

Propelled by seductive, unstoppable force, The Paper Wasp slashes through the dark side of Hollywood and the treacherous intimacies of female friendship, pursuing a heroine of blazing artistic vision and blinding drive.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"It seems at first a novel of friendship between women--a rich vein for any writer--but in The Paper Wasp, Lauren Acampora upends convention, creating an unsettling (and impossible to put down) story about art and ambition, fame and power. A beautiful and surprising book." - Rumaan Alam

"A lyrical, provocative, imaginative page turner that makes the world feel new again, The Paper Wasp is both a stunning portrait of a fixated woman and an addictive, modern commentary on an eternal theme of obsession. In her glittering, goosebump-inducing prose, Lauren Acampora gives us a soul trip/head trip/rarefied LA trip replete with surrealism and social commentary." - Caroline Kepnes

"Acampora is an original." - Jay McInerney

"The Paper Wasp was a crazy joy ride of a novel; a bold and joyous take on female friendship, outsider ambition and the secret powers of loners. It gives us a heroine who is selfish, weird, manipulative, and sometimes just plain nasty, and makes us root for her with all our selfish, weird, manipulative, and nasty hearts. I loved every second of it." - Sandra Newman


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Hardback Editions

September 2019 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Paper Wasp
Author(s): Lauren Acampora
ISBN: 1-4328-6690-7 / 978-1-4328-6690-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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June 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Paper Wasp
Author(s): Lauren Acampora
ISBN: 0-8021-2941-2 / 978-0-8021-2941-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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June 2019 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Paper Wasp
Author(s): Lauren Acampora
ISBN: 1-5294-0101-1 / 978-1-5294-0101-1 (UK edition)
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Paperback Editions

March 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Paper Wasp
Author(s): Lauren Acampora
ISBN: 0-8021-4881-6 / 978-0-8021-4881-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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March 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Paper Wasp
Author(s): Lauren Acampora
ISBN: 1-5294-0102-X / 978-1-5294-0102-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: riverrun
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June 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Paper Wasp
Author(s): Lauren Acampora
ISBN: 1-5294-0103-8 / 978-1-5294-0103-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: riverrun
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Audio Editions

October 2019 : MP3 CD
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Title: Paper Wasp, The
Author(s): Lauren Acampora
ISBN: 1-79974-561-9 / 978-1-79974-561-7
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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August 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Paper Wasp
Author(s): Lauren Acampora
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

June 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Paper Wasp
Author(s): Lauren Acampora
Publisher: riverrun
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June 2019 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Paper Wasp
Author(s): Lauren Acampora
Publisher: Grove Press
Availability: Amazon CA