Matthew Specktor is a wonderful debut fiction writer whose debut novel American Dream Machine will be published by Tin House Press in the USA.
Jonathan Lethem (National Book Critic’s Circle Award for Motherless Brooklyn) described the novel as: This is one of the best new novels I’ve read in a long, long while, and probably the best I’ve ever been handed in manuscript. Beau Rosenwald is a character both unprecedented and completely persuasive…The allusive structure, the cornucopia of evocative, crystalline details, the assertion of the agency as a lens into American reality…all of it, tremendous.”
David Sheilds (New York Times bestselling novelist) said of the novel that it was: the definitive new-Hollywood novel. The tone, the pace, the details—everything is just amazingly right. The whole book is charged with the kind of necessity I almost never see in novels anymore. Thrilling
Matthew Specktor’s primary agency is The Agency Group in America. He is represented by Nelle Andrew in the UK and the novel has been bought by David Shelley at Little,Brown (UK).
AMERICAN DREAM MACHINE – Buy it here
Beau Rosenwald – overweight, not particularly handsome, and improbably charismatic – arrives in Los Angles in 1962 with nothing but an ill-fitting suit and a pair of expensive brogues. By the late 1970s he has helped found the most successful agency in Hollywood.
Through the eyes of his son, we watch Beau and his partner go to war, waging a seismic battle that redraws the lines of an entire industry. We watch Beau rise and fall and rise again, in accordance with the cultural transformations that dictate the fickle world of movies. We watch Beau’s partner, the enigmatic and cerebral Williams Farquarsen, struggle to contain himself, to control his impulses and consolidate his power. And we watch two generations of men fumble and thrive across the LA landscape, learning for themselves the shadows and costs exacted by success and failure.
PUBLISHER: Little Brown
PUBLICATION DATE: 9th April 2013