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Palo Alto

(2010)
A collection of stories by

 
A fiercely vivid collection of stories about troubled California teenagers and misfits--violent and harrowing, from the astonishingly talented actor and artist James Franco.

Palo Alto is the debut of a surprising and powerful new literary voice. Written with an immediate sense of place--claustrophobic and ominous--James Franco's collection traces the lives of an extended 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 during a classroom skit with a realistic portrayal of a slave owner - 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 linked stories, stark, vivid, and disturbing, are a compelling portrait of lives on the rough fringes of youth.

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Hardback Editions

October 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: Palo Alto: Stories
Author(s): James Franco
ISBN: 1-4391-6314-6 / 978-1-4391-6314-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
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Paperback Editions

June 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: Palo Alto: Stories
Author(s): James Franco
ISBN: 1-4767-7838-8 / 978-1-4767-7838-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


August 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: Palo Alto
Author(s): James Franco
ISBN: 0-571-27318-1 / 978-0-571-27318-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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June 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: Palo Alto: Stories
Author(s): James Franco
ISBN: 1-4391-6315-4 / 978-1-4391-6315-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


January 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: Palo Alto
Author(s): James Franco
ISBN: 0-571-27316-5 / 978-0-571-27316-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

November 2010 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Palo Alto: Stories
Author(s): James Franco
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Availability: Amazon   


Kindle Editions

January 2011 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Palo Alto
Author(s): James Franco
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK   


October 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Palo Alto: Stories
Author(s): James Franco
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   



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