My Fractured Life

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

All Readers.com
The story of a man who wants to be an actor, but settles for being famous.
Book Worm
An amazing book full of eccentric and dysfunctional, living breathing characters.
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
Kirk Landers
Rikki Lee Travolta is a very versatile writer, moving easily from fiction and drama into pop culture.
James Informational Media
Spokesman Review Book Club
Rikki Lee Travolta has a great way of looking at Hollywood and the lifestyle of show business.
Vital News
Rikki Lee Travolta writes with emotional abandon. He is a literary Mozart.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780741412676
  • Publisher: Infinity Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2007

    Interesting

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2007

    Very Good Story About Broken People in Hollywood

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 18, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    "Love It or Hate It" Type of Book

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 9, 2011

    Knocks you on your butt

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2006

    Intense

    I could easily compare Travolta's 'novel' (or should we say thinly disguised biography) to JD Salinger's Catcher in the Rye or the more recent James Frey 'biography' (or should we say wildly ficticious novel) A Million Little Pieces (hey the fact Frey exagerated a lot doesn't take away from it being a great book). Travolta writes with a staggering intensity that grabs you by the throat like an abusive relationship - you know it's bad for you but you can't help but be drawn in. It is an amazing group of interwoven stories and an even more amazing style of story telling. I did not expect to like it much more than as casual reading and found myself truly like an addict jonesing for more. I give it my highest recommendation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2004

    A Book With Life

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2004

    My Fractured Life

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2004

    My Fractured Life

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2004

    Maybe I'll Go Back To it, But Now, naaah . . .

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2004

    A Symphony in Words

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2004

    My Fractured Life

    I really liked this book. It was extremely entertaining which is what I buy books for.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2004

    Born with a gift

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2004

    Essential Reading

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2004

    Beautiful Sorrow

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2004

    One of the Best of the Year

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2004

    An Emotional Event

    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).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2004

    Great Book

    This is a great book in the tradition of The Best Awful and Postcards From the Edge. The Hollywood has-been characters are great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2004

    Absolutely Brilliant

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2004

    Different

    If you like to 'run with scissors' or take a peek into another world, you'll enjoy this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2004

    Situational Bizzarity Makes it Fun

    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.

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