Alexander Murphy's Home for Wayward Celebrities

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Incorporating song lyrics, articles, and sections of pure dramatic dialogue into its unconventional seriocomic narrative, and with a cast of celebrity characters alternately inspired or imagined, the novel Alexander Murphy’s Home for Wayward Celebrities explores 21st Century celebrity, pop culture, and the creative process with wit and style. More

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About Josh Karaczewski

Josh lives in the San Francisco Bay Area (which is a catch-all meaning that he doesn't live in any of the cool Bay Area cities), and studied at Westmont College in Santa Barbara (though his degree is not in English).

Josh is a husband (rapturously happy), father (blissfully proud), and teacher (public high school - I know, ouch).

Josh enjoys reading (primarily fiction), writing (obviously), video games (especially shooters and platformers), art (creation and appreciation), film (just appreciation), and travel (9 out of 10 times this means Disneyland).

On his writing, Josh writes literary fiction that doesn't take itself too seriously.

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Review by: Anonymous-9 on March 31, 2014 :
Richly descriptive, peopled with quirky, unusual characters, Josh Karaczewski's big (111,000 words!) novel is an intense journey for readers. With an almost surrealist eye, the author imbues even mundane items and settings with personality and humor. Fans of Tom Robbins may gobble this one up with relish. (And little mustard.)
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)
Review by: Jeffra Hays on March 6, 2012 :
Start with a quote: "... it takes more than twenty-three chromosomes to have a say in your kid's life." There are quite a few quotables in this novel. The author's voice (I won't tell more and spoil it) can be personal and sincere. That voice is strongest at the end, when the 'Secret' is exposed -- nice.
Too many passages were rough going at times, lots of characters at lots of parties, which is what celebrities do, so I'm told. My emotional connection to the main character was minimal, and I think the book could use some editing. I'm certainly glad I didn't give up. When he pours his literary heart out, Mr. Karaczewski can write.
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)
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