The Final Appearance of America's Favorite Girl Next Door

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"It" girl Ellen Gregory has it all: a brilliant career in stand-up comedy, a smash-hit sitcom, the obligatory celebrity mansion in LA, and the publicists, manager, and studio executives that come with it. She is, simply, America's Favorite Girl Next Door. But after a violent encounter with a stalker, Ellen flees Hollywood and finds herself on a journey made for the big screen. From LA to New York to her childhood home in Iowa to the bedroom of a brilliant scientist who defies fate, Ellen Gregory rewrites the script of her life as she never
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Overview

"It" girl Ellen Gregory has it all: a brilliant career in stand-up comedy, a smash-hit sitcom, the obligatory celebrity mansion in LA, and the publicists, manager, and studio executives that come with it. She is, simply, America's Favorite Girl Next Door. But after a violent encounter with a stalker, Ellen flees Hollywood and finds herself on a journey made for the big screen. From LA to New York to her childhood home in Iowa to the bedroom of a brilliant scientist who defies fate, Ellen Gregory rewrites the script of her life as she never imagined it. A sexy, romantic, literary page-turner, The Final Appearance of America's Favorite Girl Next Door explores the collision of predestination, technology, love, and loss.
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Kirkus Reviews
The novel starts with the shark attack, thrillingly throwing the reader into the depths before the narrative slowly pieces together the psychological puzzle of Ellen’s world. In starting so dramatically, Stark sets the stage for his wild style of storytelling, in which he marvelously toys with point of view, the timeline and the novel’s internal reality to envelop the reader in alternating layers of acuity and confusion—the exact feelings Ellen and Michael experience...
Small Press Reviews - Marc Schuster
A shark attack, a starlet in hiding, a mysterious black box. The opening pages of Stephen Stark’s The Final Appearance of America’s Favorite Girl Next Door have all the makings of a Hollywood page turner, but the novel’s style places the author in a far more literary league.... Complex, ambitious, and genre-bending, The Final Appearance of America’s Favorite Girl Next Door is a philosophical page-turner that dares to ask what it means to really know someone.
Laura Kasischke
"Entertaining, thought-provoking, and beautiful -- like no novel you've read."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984737611
  • Publisher: Geekvoodoo Books
  • Publication date: 11/19/2012
  • Pages: 380
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

STEPHEN STARK is the author of the novels Second Son and The Outskirts. Second Son was a New York Times Book Review Notable Book and a Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers pick. He is also a bestselling ghostwriter. His essays, short stories, and criticism have appeared in The New Yorker, Poets & Writers, The Washington Post, and the New York Times Book Review, among other journals. Honors include fellowships from Bread Loaf and the National Endowment for the Arts. He lives in Virginia and is a graduate of George Mason University and the writing program at Hollins University.
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  • Posted October 9, 2011

    Great Read! A MUST read!

    I got an advance copy of The Final Appearance of America's Favorite Girl Next Door and could not put it down. Stephen Stark's writing is smart and beautiful, and this is a fast-paced, thought-provoking story. Somebody should make this book into a movie.

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