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Actors Anonymous

James Franco

From acclaimed Hollywood actor/director James Franco comes a brilliant new work of fiction.

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Hollywood has always been a private club. I open the gates.

I say welcome. I say, look inside.

Inspired by Alcoholics Anonymous’s 12 Steps and 12 Traditions, James Franco’s Actors Anonymous is a dark, genre-bending work that mixes memoir and pure invention in an examination of celebrity, acting and the making of fiction. A series of stories told in many forms, Actors Anonymous provides a fascinating meditation on the art of Hollywood, along with nightmarish tales of excess.

Critic Reviews

Funny, subversive, unlightening, and philosophical.

Critic Reviews

Actors Anonymous is a book for anyone who enjoys delving under the surface of Hollywood . . . An engaging exploration of the weird and the wonderful . . . Fascinating.

Daily Express
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Subversively funny and provocatively honest . . . Truly original.

Gary Shteyngart
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Franco's novel lures you in with indelible images, provocative mind games, and characters laid bare, then successfully strands you in a frightening place.

Amy Hempel
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In Actors Anonymous, Franco performs an auto-celebrity roast that is at once mordantly funny, maddening and provocative . . . a kind of intellectual companion piece to his role in This Is the End.

USA Today
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Part aphorism, part instruction manual, part reflection, part short story and, seemingly, part memoir, the narrative is a pastiche of forms and moods. Franco (or his alter ego) presents his ideas through anecdotes and semi-plausible fictional incidents, with plenty of inside references to Hollywood actors.

Kirkus Reviews

James Franco grew up in the northern California town of Palo Alto. He is an actor, director, screenwriter and artist. His film appearances include Milk, Pineapple Express, the Spider-Man trilogy, Howl, Oz the Great and Powerful, Spring Breakers, and This Is The End.He received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor for his performance in 127 Hours. On television, he starred…

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