Video: Missed It? Live Interview with Amanda Filipacchi about her wickedly surreal novels

ABOUT THE BOOKS

VAPOR is the tale of Damon Wetly, a sexy scientist obsessed with creating clouds. After he is rescued from thugs by Anna Graham, an aspiring actress, Damon takes it upon himself to grant Anna her wish of becoming one of Hollywood’s finest. Wetly does the unthinkable and forces her to relearn everything – walking, talking, thinking, eating and even breathing – by denying her free will. Damon’s nefarious ways compel Anna to tap into her inner spirit transforming herself into an unbelievably talented actress. Just when it seems that her fairy tale ending is around the corner, a dramatic change of events could cause her entire world and happiness to vaporize. Filipacchi artfully intertwines two memorable characters whose lives intersect in unexpected ways, adding a splash of literary magic with a final white rose.

NUDE MEN: A NOVEL — Jeremy Acidophilus meets his match over a dish of Jell-O when Lady Henrietta enters his life. This mysterious woman has the power to make Jeremy do all kinds of unusual things including disrobing for a stranger. From the gray streets of Manhattan to the pastel kaleidoscope of Disney World, Jeremy’s journey of self-discovery is irresistibly absurd and uncannily real. Everyone—from his cat Minou to a dancing magician named Laura to the agents hired by his mother to taunt him—has advice for Jeremy. Before he can hear any of it, he needs to find out how to listen to himself.

LOVE CREEPS: A NOVEL — At 32 years old, Lynn Gallagher is one of New York City’s five most influential contemporary-art gallery owners. Too bad her face is dead. Not so, says Lynn’s assistant, but that is how it feels when she compares it to her stalker’s face. Alan Morton may be a plump, goofy-looking accountant, but his face glows with life when he peers at Lynn through her gallery window. While Alan wants something from Lynn, she wants nothing at all. That is until she decides to stalk handsome French attorney Roland Dupont, who she begins to desire. A jealous Alan befriends Roland to uncover what Lynn sees in him. When Roland learns that he acquired his stalker by happenstance, he decides that he might be interested in Lynn after all. Soon all three are brazenly pursuing each other across Manhattan —from adult education classes in the art of beading to meetings of Stalker’s Anonymous—as they try to figure out what it is that they truly want.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

AMANDA FILIPACCHI has been described by the New York Times Book Review as a “lovely comic surrealist.” Her books have been translated into 13 languages and her non-fiction has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Atlantic. Her novels have been called “hilarious and thought-provoking” by Tama Janowitz and “whimsical and subversive” by Edmund White. Filipacchi earned her MFA in fiction writing from Columbia University.

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