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About Face

Unabridged   11 hour(s)
Publication date: 10/25/2022

About Face

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Digital Download ISBN:9781696608794


A tragicomic novel of a fame-obsessed American society yet again on the brink.

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Product Description

Evoking such classics as Elmer Gantry and The Day of the Locust, William Giraldi's About Face boldly transfers the perennial literary themes of celebrity, ambition, and obsession to twenty-first-century Boston. There we meet Val Face, a charismatic self-help guru who captivates multitudes with his uncanny ability to heal adherents using only the power of his words, the mysterious touch of his hands, and the transcendent beauty of his face.

Assigned to write a profile of Val Face during his much-hyped New England tour, thirty-year-old impoverished journalist Seger Jovi pens a brutal hatchet job. But Seger, at once curious and incredulous, is soon sucked into the mystic's vortex of fame, becoming a devotee himself as he contends with the machinations and absurdities of Face's many protectors, from beefcake bodyguards to helicoptering handlers to Face's unwavering spouse, Nimble. At first unwilling to sacrifice his principles to fulfill his own ambition and rise from privation, then touched by Face's unexpected humanity, Seger oscillates between acting as Face's cynical foil and becoming his unlikely ally.

With its indelible array of characters, hypnotic pacing, and shocking conclusion, About Face is a novel in the grand tradition that dances along the tenuous line between the sacred and the profane.

Author Bio

William Giraldi is the author of the novels Busy Monsters, Hold the Dark (now a Netflix film), the memoir The Hero's Body, and a collection of literary criticism, American Audacity. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an Artist Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.