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Wayfaring at Waverly in Silver Lake: Stories

McCourt, James

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ISBN 10: 0394523628 / ISBN 13: 9780394523620
Published by Alfred A. Knopf, N. Y., 2002
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Title: Wayfaring at Waverly in Silver Lake: Stories

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, N. Y.

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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The beyond-great Hollywood star returns in seven pyrotechnic tales that become—somehow—a family saga spread over seventeen years.

Wayfaring at Waverly in Silver Lake encompasses friends, relations, and some passersby—as James McCourt cocks a cast eye on the seven deadly sins. Some samples . . .

In a story evoking pride, fountainhead of the other deadly sins, Hollywood star Kaye Wayfaring, semiretired now atop the Silver Lake Hills, like Marion Davis at San Simeon, is at home during the 1984 Olympics, contemplating the translucent Norma Jean (“Nobody ever went at lines the way she did”), while over at the studio, her colleagues review the highlights of her career, culminating in her scandalous, headline-grabbing Oscar snub.

Lust is represented by Kaye, now back in business on location in Ireland, starring as the wanton Irish pirate queen, Granuaile. Kaye is sheathed in the part, waiting for the light, in County Donegal, balancing visions of sacred and profane love, during the first (and always lustful) day of principal photography.

Gluttony is personified by Kaye Wayfaring’s son, Tristan, in the throes of adolescent meltdown, telling his beloved uncle the demented tale of his cross-country bus trip, forced landing, and rescue by south-of-L.A. beach bums, as he floats in and out of consciousness.

And sin itself, as in “sinfully delicious,” is exemplified by James McCourt’s new book, Wayfaring at Waverly in Silver Lake, from beginning to end.

From the Back Cover:

"In Wayfaring at Waverly in Silver Lake, his hilarious deconstruction of the Hollywood signs, James McCourt is, as usual, erudite, recondite, and absolutely right."
-- Fran Lebowitz

"Using (abusing?) the Seven Deadly as creme patissiere, this author of unique confections (you must sluice away clouds of meringue before you hit granite) has done for Hollywood what New York (operatic heights) and Washington (political correction) once did for him. No one has ever administered frivolity so strictly, folly so fatally, as the upshooting McCourt, the sole writer of fiction (literature is a luxury, but fiction is our necessity) who by manifestly coming apart pulls it all together."
-- Richard Howard

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