Waifs of the Wastelandby Wayne Beauvais
Amid the glitter and grit of silent filmmaking, Joe soon finds he
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At the height of Prohibition in 1925 Hollywood, Joe Holder, an ex-con just released from prison, seeks to reclaim a lost love. But there is a hitch – in the years since he has been locked up, she has become a movie star. So begins WAIFS OF THE WASTELAND, a novel complete at 80,000 words.
Amid the glitter and grit of silent filmmaking, Joe soon finds he has two rivals for Rose Allen’s affection – an actor named Yancey Dix and Hollywood itself. Yet, Joe cannot give up this woman who is tattooed in his heart. He must win her back, thus beginning his conversion from a roughneck to “a gent what can star in his own flickers.”
Told by Pooch, a pickpocket and Joe’s sidekick, WAIFS takes the reader back to the first golden age of tinseltown. It is a hectic world filled not only with movie folk but also with bootleggers and socialist-labor leaders, sassy flappers and newshounds. In their midst appears a genuine tough guy who reaches for a star – and nearly captures her.
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I didn't put this book down until I was finished in that sitting. Truly fantastic storytelling, with the wit and insight of Wayne Beauvais clearly shining through, particularly in the sidekick/narrator, Pooch. I found myself so engaged in this story, sharing in the emotions of so many of the characters, losing myself in this world of bright lights, betrayal, and love that never dies; a world plagued with slimeballs stuck looking through "rose-tinted cheaters" and a few "good eggs" that have their heads on straight. All in all, a fantastic tale that weaves itself beautifully chapter after chapter, never saying more than needs to be said, but never saying any less, either. Loved it. New favorite book, to be sure.
Good story telling, great characters, and a surprise ending. Who could ask for more.
If I were stilL teaching, I would want to use Wayne Beauvais' WAIFS OF THE WASTELAND in my English classes. It transports a reader into the gritty life of pre-talkies Hollywood with unforgettable characters, primarily "Pooch," the hard-bitten realist and semi-reformed thief. Pooch has absolutely no faith in God nor in love, yet he remains unshakably loyal to his fellow parolee and best friend Joe, who is blinded by love for a rising star named Symphony. From page one a reader is captivated by Pooch's narration, entirely in the vernacular of the day -- with fleeting attempts at self-improvement via the dictionary. This novel has foreshadowing, flashbacks, humor, action, and history; but most of all, it has Pooch, who is indelibly etched in my memory.