About the Author, John Colapinto’s second novel after his award winning debut, As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised As A Girl. I say to all of you, this is a bitter novel. A book within a book.
My Ridiculously Simplified Synopsis: When you can’t think of anything to write, steal the work of your weird roommate.
Just how did Cal Cunningham — a twenty-five-year-old bookstore stockboy who is new to Manhattan and who has never written anything — publish a bestselling novel that sells to the movies for a million dollars? A mysterious roommate, a timely bike accident, and the rapacious literary agent Blackie Yaeger all play a role in Cal’s success. Deception, blackmail, and murder all play a role in his desperate bid to hold on to it. And About the Author is his first-person account of how he performed this remarkable feat. (From the Book’s back cover.)
When you know you are destined to be a famous writer, you’ll do anything just to make that dream possible. The protagonist, Cal, was dismayed when he discovers that his law student roommate, Stewart, has secretly written a page- turning—and very literary—novel. To make matters worse, Stewart’s novel is a thinly fictionalized version of Cal’s own life. Oh well, that’s the first twist of the story. This is about a deceitful author who steals his dead roommate’s unpublished novel, gets it published and makes tons of money.. but of course it doesn’t end there.
Excitement flowed over me when I read and finished this book. A fast read, full of twists. The book’s plot glorified the priniciple of giving credit to where it is due. Colapinto is not a mainstream writer, but I can say that his writing prowess is inside the bracket of Stephen King and John Grisham.
I got the book from Booksale, 75php. If turned into a movie, I think it’s riveting. Perfecto!