It opens with a card game. Played between Jordan's mother and grandmother, the game is called The Mao, and, like the adult world in which he is prematurely thrust, the rules seem arbitrary and the stakes staggeringly high -- whoever wins the game wins custody of him.
So begins this 15-year-old child actor's odyssey through the temptations of Hollywood and the emotional minefield of his family's life. As the story unfolds, we learn that Jordan's father has molested him throughout his childhood and that his mother, a narcissistic woman immersed in her acting career, has little interest in him. The only stable force in his life is his grandmother, a remarkable woman with whom Jordan shares everything from dances to drugs to his innermost confidences; a woman who is slowly dying.
Heart-wrenching and highly cinematic, The Mao Game sheds light on both the fragile vulnerability and the remarkable resilience of the human spirit. An unmistakably modern coming-of-age story, it marks the triumphant debut of an important new voice in the next generation of American novelists.
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About the Author
Joshua Miller comes from a film and literary dynasty that includes his father, Jason Miller, an actor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author. Joshua is an undergraduate at Yale University, and contributes to the Yale Literary Magazine and Playboy.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Miller does a wonderful job of portraying a young man involved in dysfunctional family dynamics. I liked how Miller takes a title of the book, and then creates a frame around it which keeps it interesting and worthwhile reading. I was very impressed when I finished, and I look forward to reading Miller's next works. I highly recommend this book. I highly recommend this book to anyone. It kept me on the edge of my seat!