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Maybe the Moon: A Novel

Maupin, Armistead

ISBN 10: 0060165529 / ISBN 13: 9780060165529
Published by Harpercollins, 1992
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Title: Maybe the Moon: A Novel

Publisher: Harpercollins

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition

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Thirty-two inches tall, the acid-tongued actress Cadence Roth survives in Hollywood doing ""infomercials"" and B-grade horror flicks. By the author of Tales of the City. 60,000 first printing. $100,000 ad/promo. Tour.

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"Maybe the Moon" is the audaciously original chronicle of Cadence Roth-- Hollywood actress, singer, iconoclast and former "Guiness Book" record holder as the world's shortest woman.

All of 31 inches tall, Cady is a true survivor in a town where-- as she says-- "you can die of encouragement." Her early starring role as a lovable elf in an immensely popular American film proved a major disappointment, since moviegoers never saw the face behind the stifling rubber suit she was required to wear. Now, after a decade of hollow promises from the Industry, she is reduced to performing at birthday parties and bat mitzvahs as she waits for the miracle that will finally make her a star.

In a series of mordantly funny journal entries, Maupin tracks his spunky heroine across the saffron-hazed wasteland of Los Angeles-- from her all-too-infrequent meetings with agents and studio moguls to her regular harrowing encounters with small children, large dogs and human ignorance. Then one day a lanky piano player saunters into Cady's life, unleashing heady new emotions, and she finds herself going for broke, shooting the moon with a scheme so harebrained and daring that it just might succeed. Her accomplice in the venture is her best friend, Jeff, a gay waiter who sees Cady's struggle for visibility as a natural extension of his own war against the Hollywood Closet.

As clear-eyed as it is charming, "Maybe the Moon" is a modern parable about the mythology of the movies and the toll it exacts from it participants on both sides of the screen. It is a work that speaks to the resilience of the human spirit from a perspective rarely found in literature.

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