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"The Locklear Letters is a farcical look at celebrity worship in today's society through the eyes of Sid Straw, an affable, if not boring, software salesman who tries to rekindle an acquaintanceship with his former college classmate turned Hollywood star, Heather Locklear." "His innocent letter requesting an autographed picture begins a bizarre series of events that eventually costs him his job, foils his romantic intentions toward a co-worker, drains his finances, and generally ruins his life." Sid is a Don Quixote character with large blind
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Overview

"The Locklear Letters is a farcical look at celebrity worship in today's society through the eyes of Sid Straw, an affable, if not boring, software salesman who tries to rekindle an acquaintanceship with his former college classmate turned Hollywood star, Heather Locklear." "His innocent letter requesting an autographed picture begins a bizarre series of events that eventually costs him his job, foils his romantic intentions toward a co-worker, drains his finances, and generally ruins his life." Sid is a Don Quixote character with large blind spots regarding the fate of his one-sided correspondence with the movie star and his own behavior. He cannot escape the wrath of lawyers, public relations bulldogs, angry bosses, and ex-girlfriends that drag his life down the tubes. Until he fights back.
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Publishers Weekly
Thirteen years after the publication of his well-received first novel, A Thousand Benjamins, Kun returns with a cheeky take on celebrity worship, tracing the downward spiral of an annoying salesman through an ongoing, obsessive series of letters he writes to his famous college classmate, Heather Locklear. Sid Straw, the marketing director for a Baltimore software company, claims to have known Locklear when they were both at UCLA. His fixation with the actress gets him into trouble when a series of badgering letters sent to Locklear's agent to secure a personalized photo results in a cross-country restraining order. On the home front, the 40ish Straw loses his new girlfriend when she learns of his obsession with Locklear, and is fired from his job after a series of Locklear-related misunderstandings. Straw sets out in search of a new job, fending off depression and despair with ludicrously chummy letters to Locklear as well as bumbling missives to family, erstwhile friends, legal counsel and assorted service people. Kun overcomes the limitations of his epistolary format with some inventive maneuvering that fills in the gaps in the story line and keeps the letters from becoming monotonous. The highlight is a tongue-in-cheek climax in which Straw gets back at his various correspondents-cum-tormenters by hiring a litigation-savvy lawyer, then entices his object of worship to put in an unlikely appearance at their college reunion (or has Straw simply gone off the deep end and imagined it all?). Kun's lighthearted humor pokes clever fun at our ongoing obsession with fame and celebrity. (June) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Just one more excellent reason to never write letters to celebrities. There’s plenty to like about an epistolary tale. For the reader, there’s the sense of eavesdropping on a private conversation. For the writer, there’s the advantage of not having to worry so much about character or setting; as long as you provide a consistent voice, some funny scenes, and a smooth arc of action, it’s in the bag. This collection of apocryphal missives--via second-novelist Kun (A Thousand Benjamins, 1990)--details the sad plight of one Sid Straw, a computer salesman in Maryland and proud graduate of UCLA. Sid is convinced (though nobody else seems to be) that he briefly knew the actress Heather Locklear at school and writes to request an autographed photograph as a birthday present for his brother Tom, "a HUGE fan . . . not just ‘Melrose Place,’ but your other TV shows, too." As Sid seems to be borderline obsessive-compulsive, just one missive won’t do it, of course. He sends a veritable torrent of letters, each one wanting to know more about Heather’s life, why she hasn’t written back, whether she’ll be at the class reunion, etc. The flood widens to include additional correspondence: to the mailroom that won’t properly deliver his mail, the agent who won’t forward his letters to Heather, the lawyer threatening him with a restraining order, the publisher that mistakenly keeps mailing him pornographic books, the flower delivery service that screwed up a note to his girlfriend, who later left him, and so on. While Sid is obviously a man with problems (Rupert Pupkin from The King of Comedy seems an inspiration), they’re mostly garden-variety compulsions familiar to most people; everyone knows a guy like Sid,which gives the comedy a bitter tang. A quick and enjoyable tour of the lighter, funnier side of dementia.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596921207
  • Publisher: MacAdam/Cage Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2004

    Locklear Letters

    The Locklear Letters is the funniest book ever written. I've never laughed so hard while reading a book in my life. I hope they make a movie out of it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2003

    Michael Kun is a Genius!

    The Locklear Letters is more pure genius from author Michael Kun. It's a hilarious knee-slapping experience that I haven't found in any other book for a long time. I absolutely love the main character's insanity and how he seems to contradict himself in every letter that he writes to Heather. I definately recommend this book to any reader. You won't regret it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2004

    Locklear Letters

    What more can be said about The Locklear Letters? It's too brilliant and too funny for words. There's at least one laugh-out-loud moment per page, often as many as three or four. I loved this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2004

    Locklear Letters

    I have to agree with the reviewer who said this is the funniest novel ever written. Every once in a while, you read a novel that makes you smile once or twice, or maybe laugh a couple times. The Locklear Letters had me laughing out loud every single page! If there's a funnier, sweeter writer than Michael Kun, tell me who it is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2003

    It's Not Funny!

    I bought this book because it was touted as being funny. It's not. This is an epistolary novel made up of 'letters' from Sid Straw to Heather Locklear, letters that probably don't even reach her. While the book might be funny if it were dramatized in scenes, as an epistolary novel, it's way too 'thin.' And it really isn't funny at all. It's tedious. Reading Sid end every letter with 'Eat Wheaties!' got to be boring and trite. I do think Michael Kun might write a good book someday and I would be willing to take another chance with his work, but as for this one...skip it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2003

    If Life's Got You Down

    Sometimes we purchase books that will make us feel enlightened. Other times, we purchase books for escapism. Mostly though, we purchase books because we enjoy reading. Words can not express how much I enjoyed reading this long awaited 2nd novel from Kun. The often used movie review of 'I laughed, I cried, it was the feel-good hit of the summer!' aptly fits here. If you need a pick me up this is it. Kun's ability to craft a character that everyone can relate to in one way or another is shear brilliance. Purchase this book. If you want to score some points with your friends and family purchase copies for them too. Trust me, they'll thank you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2003

    Brilliant Comedy about the average guy!

    I really loved this book...it's light... and everyone can relate to Sid's bubbling...way to go Mike Kun!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2003

    Locklear Letters

    The Locklear Letters has to be the funniest book ever written! This is an intelligent, witty, carefully constructed comic gem. Mr. Kun, I tip my hat to you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2003

    How could anyone not like Heather Locklear? Better yet, who could not like this book?!

    I¿m sure many people have written to celebrities asking for an autographed photo. (In my case, my mother sent away for them to embarrass, I mean surprise me.) How can one harmless request for a photo of Heather Locklear make a man¿s life go so wrong? His job, his family, his love life, his home, his finances¿everything begins to fall apart. And just when you realize you can¿t feel sorry for this guy and you start actually getting pissed off at him, you begin rooting for him and a little, sadistic part inside of you wants him to get back at the world (or just his sister-in-law and a few lawyers would do), oh and run off into the sunset with Locklear, which is probably the fantasy of a lot of men I know, and don¿t know. I had the great fortune of getting an advance copy of this book and I can't urge you enough: you must buy this book. And pass it on to your friends. Or make them buy their own copies. This book is going to be big. Very big.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2003

    Locklear Letters

    I'm not going to pretend to be unbiased. I knew the author briefly when he lived in Atlanta. Several years ago, he shared the first chapter of a new novel he was calling 'Our Poor Napoleon' at the time; I assume he's changed the title. In any event, it was fantastic. His ability to tell a story, and to do it in an unusual way, is so rare. It's a shame he wastes his time practicing law, which any monkey can be trained to do. If this is the same book as 'Our Poor Napoleon,' I couldn't recommend it more highly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2003

    Locklear Letters

    Is there any precedent for this: a writer puts out a phenomenal first novel, falls off the face of the earth for ten years, then returns with a new novel that is so completely different than -- yet every bit as good as -- that first novel? I've just read an advance, review copy of The Locklear Letters and will tell you that this is the funniest, most wonderful book I've read in a long, long time. There's not another book quite like it because Kun has put together a book that you literally cannot put down. It is impossible to just read one of Sid Straw's letters without needing to read the next one, then the one after that, and so on, and so on. But that's only part of the magic of this book. You think you're reading a comedy about a character you don't care about, and before you know it you realize that Kun has tricked you not only into caring about the main character, but into dealing with some very weighty issues like love, loneliness, work, celebrity, sex, sports and lawyers. It's a funny, yet poignant commentary on EVERYTHING. This is the book everyone will be reading on the beach this summer. Or it should be.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2003

    Locklear Letters

    I was fortunate enough to get an advance copy of Michael Kun's comeback novel, The Locklear Letters, and all I can say is that it's amazing. I have never laughed so hard in my life. This is, by far, the funniest novel ever written. But it's more than that. As you get further and further into the letters, you find yourself caring more and more for the main character, Sid Straw, so that at the same time you're laughing, your heart is breaking for this poor guy. And when Sid finally starts to defend himself, not only are you laughing, but you feel a rush of adeneline. A lot of people have been disappointed that the author disappeared for the entire 1990's. All is forgiven!

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