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My Fractured Life
     

My Fractured Life

4.7 36
by Rikki Lee Travolta
 

When a promising young actor from a famous entertainment family commits suicide, the faded star that finds him must confront the demons that caused the estrangement of their friendship. Tempering tragedy with dark comedy and dry wit, author Rikki Lee Travolta details a world of has-been and never-were actors struggling for survival in the underbelly beneath the

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When a promising young actor from a famous entertainment family commits suicide, the faded star that finds him must confront the demons that caused the estrangement of their friendship. Tempering tragedy with dark comedy and dry wit, author Rikki Lee Travolta details a world of has-been and never-were actors struggling for survival in the underbelly beneath the glamorous society of Hollywood’s elite. Actors once considered “Movie Stars” swallow their pride as they slide down the ladder of fame to “Movie of the Week Stars.” One-time celebrities who try to leave the tinsel world behind discover there is little calling for former stars in the real world job market.  Meanwhile, other would-be stars endure the comical exploits of a musical version of Anne Frank or starring in straight-to-video action films opposite professional wrestlers and rap stars who insist on being called rhythmic linguists. Voiced in a captivating first person narrative, My Fractured Life weaves together the powerful, funny, and inspirational story of a web of friendship that bonds second generation stars and adult survivors of abuse as they struggle for identity in an abyss of temptations and addictions.

 

About the Author:

After gaining fame as a child actor, Rikki Lee Travolta channeled his energies and creativity into earning his BA in Entertainment Management while still a teenager, followed by post-graduate work in Theatre and Education. Sporting a mixed lineage of Nez Perce and Italian bloodlines, as a leading man he has appeared nationally in headlining roles in Broadway musical classics and in concert as a best selling recording artist. He was listed in six categories on the 45th annual Grammy Awards nomination ballot and was inducted into the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in 2000.Film, television, and stage credits include work with Oscar winning director Ron Howard, Broadway legend Liza Minnelli, Oscar-nominated actor Woody Harrelson, and Golden Globe winner Jenna Elfman.  He redefined the Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding franchise as its first celebrity guest star making it the longest running stage comedy in history.  He is recognized among the Who’s Who of Classically Trained Actors by CenterStage.net and is ranked as one of the top interpreters of the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Joseph, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Phantom). In 2003 he became the first member of the Travolta family to star as Danny Zuko in Grease! since John Travolta’s appearance in the 1978 film, guest starring to raise money to fund fine arts programs for underprivileged youths. Rikki Lee studied at Chicago’s famed Second City and is an internationally published magazine correspondent and playwright. Screenwriting credits include Hero Before Dawn, Sacred Clone, Hangman, and Spirit Warrior.  Rikki Lee maintains addresses in Los Angeles and Chicago with his feline best friends Romeo and Gilligan, his wife Sonia, and the rest of the Crazy Pants Family. In between his performance schedule he lends his efforts to charities and local civic organizations.

Editorial Reviews

Book Worm
An amazing book full of eccentric and dysfunctional, living breathing characters.
Kirk Landers
Rikki Lee Travolta is a very versatile writer, moving easily from fiction and drama into pop culture.
James Informational Media
Jordana Bieze
Not since Postcards from the Edge has an author offered such a raw, unapologetic look at the seedy side of Hollywood.
CMP Media
Vital News
Rikki Lee Travolta writes with emotional abandon. He is a literary Mozart.
Spokesman Review Book Club
Rikki Lee Travolta has a great way of looking at Hollywood and the lifestyle of show business.
All Readers.com
The story of a man who wants to be an actor, but settles for being famous.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780741412676
Publisher:
Infinity Publishing
Publication date:
06/28/2004
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.38(d)

What People are Saying About This

Dan Decker
Rikki Lee Travolta writes with dark undertones. Hidden meaning stalks among his pages. I always enjoy his work and this is no exception.
author, Anatomy of a Screenplay
Darius Drechney
Corrupted by Hollywood, a hotshot actor gets sent on a It's A Wonderful Life introspection. The writing is salty, witty, engaging, with enough situational bizzarity to make it a tremendously fun and entertaining book.
Erica Olivia Fiesler
For an offbeat look at the world from an off center mind, you can't go wrong. My Fractured Life is delicious. A stellar book.

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My Fractured Life 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very interesting to read. The humor is dark. The sorrow is heavy. Interesting spotlight on the tragic end to b-list tv stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A very good novel about the life of broken people in Hollywood. Lots of insights into the entertainment business. Very well written. Very captivating story telling.
Bobby_Tenison More than 1 year ago
I read My Fractured Life after reading its sequel (Blood Lust). Like Blood Lust, I would qualify this as a "Love It or Hate It" book. In my case, I loved it. I loved how the story was so fractured, making the reader think and put the pieces of this story's main character together to form an overall story. The story itself is very raw and emotional - the story of a former teen heart throb struggling with addictions and grieving over the suicide of his best friend. The relationship with the best friend is heartbreaking, as are the relationships with the main character's family. In reality it seems his best friend is the closest thing to family that he has, so we understand why the suicide is so incredibly traumatic. If you are into stories about the seedy side of Hollywood and/or drug addiction you'll probably love this book. If that is not your taste, you'll probably hate it. For me, I give it five stars. If you like this book you'll probably also like the sequel Blood Lust.
Hud16 More than 1 year ago
A staggering look at Hollywood through the eyes of a crash and burn, one-time famous now struggling to get by actor. The author writes in a very realistic voice. Probably not for everyone though. Lots of drug use. Lots of sex. Very realistic. I couldn't put it down once I got into it. Looking forward to reading the sequel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The ebb and flow of My Fractured Life sings a quiet symphony that alternates from hopeful to sad, romantic to despair, playful to dramatic. I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge assured thematic parallels to Cold Mountain and White Oleander. At the same time there is an assured infusion of swank coolness that resonates an aura not unlike Frank Sinatra or Robert Evans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My Fractured Life is great literature. The book literally seems to breath life somehow. Reading the book is like being lost in a conversation with someone you've never met but is just fascinating. The words are that real, that relaxed. It really doesn't feel like reading, it feels like you're hearing him talk directly to you. You know what I mean? I guess the closest comparison would be to Catcher in the Rye because I remember reading it when I was a teenager and having the same type of feeling. This amazing little book is truly one of the most intense experiences I've had. I can't recommend it enough.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. It was extremely entertaining which is what I buy books for.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In an era where everyone and their brother is touting their invention as the cure all for everything and the next sure fire hit, MY FRACTURED LIFE is a fascinating little book that managed to fly in under the radar and explode with passion on the psyche of America. How often do we witness a revolution in literature? TO KILL A MOCKING BIRD...CATCHER IN THE RYE...ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST - when was the last time we saw a little book pack that much impact? We're witnessing it now. I can tell you that. We're witnessing it now. It's a bold statement and it's true. MY FRACTURED LIFE will stand as a modern masterpiece.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rikki Lee Travolta is like Fabio, Pamela Anderson, George Hamilton, Bruce Campbell, and Lorenzo Lamas ¿ you can¿t quite remember why they¿re famous, you just seem to have always known them. He¿s somewhere in between an icon and a phenom. But Travolta knows it and in telling his story he has fun with the trivial nature of his obscure fame. He doesn¿t take himself too serious, and easily pokes fun at himself and fame in general. At the same time he doesn¿t shy away from taking responsibility for his mistakes. It¿s one of those atypical and extraordinary books that is probably more fascinating the less you know about Travolta to begin with. It¿s also atypical in that it is more reminiscent of great literature like William Faulkner, John Steinbeck, or George Orwell.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because of the incredible customer feedback I read on this web site. I work at a small B&N-owned store and also ordered some copies for our store. Still, maybe I had gotten my hopes up, but I just wasn't that thrilled. The writing seemed amateurish and the story line not compelling enough for me to continue reading. It could be that it's a book I just need to tackle another time. Still, my gut is telling me that Travolta is a guy who writes from the heart, and for this reason, I will continue to recommend the book to customers and keep it on my shelf for another time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A touching story about a wounded soul in a world of deception and false beauty. Uniquely original. A human adventure with the intensity of 'The Da Vinci Code', 'Lovely Bones', and 'Father Joe.' A story all will enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A rite of passage book in the tradition of Catcher in the Rye, Lord of the Flies, and Basketball Diaries. A strong and brilliant madness that shakes the tree.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can always tell when an author is writing from experience. A writer can do all the research in the world but they will never capture the intangible element of the voice of experience. Someone who is haunted by spirits or addicted to them has a truth to their writing that cannot be faked. Hemmingway, Salinger, and Poe are men who translated their suffering into art with uncanny brilliance. With just one book under his belt, I can't faithfully put Rikki Lee Travolta in the category with the time-tested masters. The potential is there, though. I envy writers who can find the beauty in sorrow. At the same time, I have to be glad that I don't have that talent. I think in order to be able paint despair with compassion, a person has to have lived that despair. Young suffering Travolta has written a truly great book in 'My Fractured Life.' The question yet to be answered is if his mark on the world will be writing one great book, or if he can prove himself over time as a great author. But that question aside, this is a book that must be read and will be appreciated when you do.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a young girl I wanted to be a writer 'when I grew up.' It never happened. I took every English, Lit, and Creative Writing class I could in high school and college but it didn't work. There are people who have a gift. They are writers as opposed to people who write. Julia Glass is a writer. Read Three Junes. Sue Monk Kidd is a writer. Read The Secret Life of Bees. Rikki Lee Travolta is a writer. Read My Fractured Life. These people are writers and their books show it. You don't have to trust my review. In fact I suggest you don't. Instead read the books and see for yourself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The most original book since THE DA VINCI CODE. I loved every page. The plot twists are original and unique. The characters are intoxicating. An essential book club read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Unique? Strange? Wonderful? Enlightened? Masterful? Disturbing? Dysfunctional? I don¿t think I could pick one word to describe the book ¿My Fractured Life.¿ It seems to be a rare breed that mixes drama with dry sarcastic humor. Somehow at the moments that touch you most and make you want to cry the author slips in a dry aside that may well be the funniest thing you¿ve ever heard. The result is you don¿t know whether to laugh or cry. He plays on that mix of emotions and monitors it throughout controlling emotional reactions throughout. He takes you right up to the line of what you can handle then saves you from it. It¿s definitely an emotional rollercoaster but a thrilling and gratifying experience. I get a distinct sense of ¿Catcher in the Rye¿ and playwright William Inge in the author¿s energy (not surprising since they are both referred to in the book).
Guest More than 1 year ago
What makes MY FRACTURED LIFE so interesting to read is how well it melds together widely variant influences. The easiest comparison one can make is to POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE by Carrie Fisher. Both are technically fiction, but obviously based on the author¿s own lives in Hollywood. Stylistically, Travolta dances between 80s pop fiction influences such as Jay McInerney (MODEL BEHAVOIR) and dark depression era authors such as John Steinbeck (EAST OF EDEN). Addressing addiction with a brutal sense of realism shows clear influence of Hubert Selby Jr. (REQUIEM FOR A DREAM) and Jim Carroll ( BASKETBALL DIARIES). Dealing with similar subject matter to RUNNING WITH SCISSORS and DRY and being voiced in a first-person pseudo-biographical way, comparison is also easily made to both the fiction and biographical work of Augusten Burroughs. The host of influences apparent in MY FRACTURED LIFE are many and diverse, and handled surprisingly well. It is a crisp, well structured book that covers a long-span timeline. References to popular events and cultural phenomena keep the story grounded in reality. The characters are earnest, stirring, and create emotional attachments with the reader. It is easy to care about these people. It is easy to cry at times, although like Burroughs and Fisher the author also injects a good deal of very funny humor often times when things might seem saddest.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My Fractured Life is aptly titled. It is a very fractured story about a very fractured life. It happens to be an excellent book with a somewhat rare quality. Although it takes place in a very modern setting, the sultry and salty flow of the ocean of words reminds of a more classic period of depression and adventure as embodied in the prose of Ernest Hemingway and John Steinbeck. Travolta has created a modern anti-hero. His characters are flawed and human. So flawed they are self-aware and thus humbled by their own actions. We don¿t despise the flaws of the characters because they reflect so vividly the flaws in all of us with a poetic magnification.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book in the tradition of The Best Awful and Postcards From the Edge. The Hollywood has-been characters are great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Take a priceless Ming vase, smash it, put it back together with crazy glue and duct tape, and fill it with M&M¿s, candy hearts, and high dose pain killers¿.then you¿ll have ¿My Fractured Life.¿ It¿s beautiful and artistic, damaged and broken (but put back together), and filled with unusual mixture of sweetness while being strangely mind altering and addictive (but in a legal way).
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like to 'run with scissors' or take a peek into another world, you'll enjoy this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Corrupted by Hollywood, a hotshot actor gets sent on a 'It's A Wonderful Life' introspection. The writing is salty, witty, engaging, with enough situational bizzarity to make it a tremendously fun and entertaining book. The corruption of Hollywood aspect will remind you of Carrie Fisher's brilliant 'Postcards From the Edge', while the 'It's A Wonderful Life' tones will make you think of blockbuster 'The Five People You Meet in Heaven' and the odd-ball characters and situational bizzarity will make you think of Augusten Burroughs' 'Running With Scissors.' I loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I¿m not sure I¿d call My Fractured Life a fun book. There are many funny parts, but the humor comes in Travolta¿s unique way of voicing what would otherwise be decisively un-fun (i.e. sad) life events. The book is excellent. The way he voices what could be depressing events as somehow amusing is kind of like Augusten Burroughs or David Sadaris. At the same time there is a lot of whiskey soaked French Quarter Tennessee Williams to Travolta¿s style. Overall it¿s excellent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are distinct elements of Running With Scissors, Dry, and A Million Little Pieces leaping from the pages of My Fractured Life. All are exceptional books and compliment Travolta's work well. Ultimately there is something different about My Fractured Life that sets it slightly outside the norm - either for better or for worse. It echoes back to William S. Burroughs' Naked Lunch. Considered a modern literature classic for the past 35 years, Naked Lunch goes far beyond telling a story about an addict, it literally mirrors the nightmarish working of an addict's brain. There is a similar element that is captured in My Fractured Life. It is not for the faint of heart, yet it is unforgettable. There will always be similarities between addiction books like My Fractured Life, Running With Scissors, A Million Little Pieces, Cracked, and Postcards From the Edge, what really made My Fractured Life distinct for me is beyond the material. There is a certain ode to Burroughs' style that has not really been visited since perhaps Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Naked Lunch, and Junkie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My Fractured life was far more pleasurable of an experience than I expected. Addressing traumatic childhood events for characters can fall victim easily to an overwhelmingly sad or depressing account of sorrow after sorrow. Like The Lovely Bones and Secret Life of Bees, My Fractured Life avoids the pitfall of too much sorrow by making inspirational developments and realizations in the character as a result of the trauma. This dramatically saves the story line from the pitfall of too much sorrow and makes for an interesting interplay of time and events, not quite to the degree of The Time Traveler¿s Wife as in science fiction, but more reminiscent of The Wonder Years. One of the truly first rate stories I have had the pleasure of experiencing.