Proud new author James Franco made a joyful appearance at Barnes & Noble Tribeca to autograph copies of his latest book “Palo Alto” on Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 in New York City.
The book is a collection of eleven short stories about a group of troubled California teenagers and misfits who experiment with vices of all kinds, struggle with their families and one another, and succumb to self-destruction.
In “Lockheed” a young woman’s summer—spent working a dull internship—is suddenly upended by a spectacular incident of violence at a house party. In “American History” a high school freshman attempts to impress a girl during a classroom skit with a realistic portrayal of a slave owner—only to have his feigned bigotry avenged. In “I Could Kill Someone,” a lonely teenager buys a gun with the aim of killing his high school tormentor, but begins to wonder about his bully’s own inner life.
Reviews so far are pretty mixed but I gotta give Franco credit for being brave enough to always trying out different things.
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