Chuck Palahniuk, the man who puts the "rant" in "aberrant," takes a break from his terrifying satires of contemporary American culture to skewer the Golden Age of Hollywood in this pseudo biography of a geriatric starlet, as penned by her zealously protective servant. The formerly fabulous Katherine "Miss Kathie" Kenton refuses to surrender the spotlight, even though her legendary violet eyes are now encased in collagen and her luminescent glow comes out of a plastic tube. Kenton's nurse/maid/confidante is Hazie Coogan, who professes to be celebrating Miss Kathie's glorious career, but may actually be planning to capitalize on her untimely demise with a postmortem profile of her escapades with fellow stars. Palahniuk adopts the salacious jargon of celebrity gossip columnists like Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons to spin this cryptic tale about the absurdity and irrelevance of the 20th century's most illustrious names and faces.
For decades Hazie Coogan has tended to the outsized needs of Katherine "Miss Kathie" Kenton, veteran of multiple marriages, career comebacks, and cosmetic surgeries. But danger arrives with gentleman caller Webster Carlton Westward III, who worms his way into Miss Kathie's heart- and boudoir. Soon, Hazie discovers that this bounder has already written a celebrity memoir foretelling Miss Kathie's death in an upcoming musical extravaganza. As the body count mounts, Hazie must execute a plan to save Katherine Kenton for her fans and for posterity.
Number of Pages: 179.0
Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes
Sub-Genre: Historical Fiction, Types of Characters, Society + Social Issues, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Humorous Fiction
Publisher: Anchor Books
Author: Chuck Palahniuk
Street Date: July 27, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-0759