How I Became A Famous Novelist.
This is one of the funniest books I have read in a very, very long time. I had to read so many passages aloud after fits of uncontrollable laughter that my partner has essentially also read it!
How I Became A Famous Novelist concerns Pete, and his desire to write a popular novel for the ignoble purpose of making his ex wish that she hadn’t dumped him. Pete figures the safest route is to include as many popular themes as possible, so he peruses the besteller lists and comes up with The Tornado Ashes Club. Among other things, he makes sure it contains: wise old people, descriptions of road travel which make driving “seem poetic and magical”, ‘lyrical’ prose, WWII, descriptions of delicious food, a sexy country and western singer, death, “scenes in as many reader-filled towns as possible”, and an ending that conveys “confusing sadness”. How I Became A Famous Novelist is a brilliant parody of the book and publishing industry, and a hugely enjoyable, satisfying read.