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Famous After Death

(1999)
A novel by

 
A brilliant and wickedly comic novel about fame and its discontents, now available in paperback with a provocative essay by the author.

Noel Hammersmith has two dreams: to bring his weight down to a slim 138 pounds and to be famous. Despite being a diet book editor and exercising regularly, he can't lose a pound, and his hilarious timidity insures that he has a hard time getting attention at all, let alone fame.

To express his growing frustration, Noel begins to write angry letters-to Brooks Brothers when they discontinue his favorite shirt, and to Golden Rule Vitamins, who makes fake promises of easy weight loss. Coincidentally, bombs start exploding after each of his letters, the most notorious leaving a seven-year-old chess prodigy dead. When one of Noel's authors, "Che Guevera," claims to know where the mysterious bomber will strike next, Noel's world gets turned upside down...until a series of riotous and unexpected twists helps Noel attain his dreams, but at a strange price.

Expertly skewering the cult of celebrity, this darkly comic satire is even more true-to-life than we might like.

 
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Hardback Editions

November 1999 : USA Hardback
Title: Famous After Death: A Novel
Author(s): Benjamin Cheever
ISBN: 0-7862-2254-9 / 978-0-7862-2254-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Pr
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

April 1999 : USA Hardback
Title: Famous After Death
Author(s): Benjamin Cheever
ISBN: 0-609-60005-2 / 978-0-609-60005-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Crown
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

June 2000 : USA Paperback
Title: Famous After Death
Author(s): Benjamin Cheever
ISBN: 1-58234-087-0 / 978-1-58234-087-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

Audio Editions

July 2012 : USA Audio edition
Title: Famous after Death
Author(s): Benjamin Cheever
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   

July 2012 : UK Audio edition
Title: Famous after Death
Author(s): Benjamin Cheever
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon UK   

2000 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: Famous After Death
Author(s): x
ISBN: 0-7887-3470-9 / 978-0-7887-3470-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   



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