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Artificial Light
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"Artificial Light beats the bejeezus out of the last dozen Thomas Pynchons, the last nineteen Don DeLillos, and the last forty-three Kurt Vonneguts."—Richard Meltzer

Stunningly written in prose that is poetic, gripping, and highly adventurous, Artificial Light may be the first American novel to successfully treat the alternative rock scene of the 1990s as a subject for serious literature.

James Greer, a novelist and screenwriter, has written for Spin, Tennis Magazine, Sunfish Holy Breakfast, and Paris Hilton. He is the author of Guided by Voices: A Brief History: Twenty-One Years of Hunting Accidents in the Forests of Rock 'n' Roll (Grove, 2005). He lives in Los Angeles.

"Artificial Light beats the bejeezus out of the last dozen Thomas Pynchons, the last nineteen Don DeLillos, and the last forty-three Kurt Vonneguts."—Richard Meltzer

Stunningly written in prose that is poetic, gripping, and highly adventurous, Artificial Light may be the first American novel to successfully treat the alternative rock scene of the 1990s as a subject for serious literature.

James Greer, a novelist and screenwriter, has written for Spin, Tennis Magazine, Sunfish Holy Breakfast, and Paris Hilton. He is the author of Guided by Voices: A Brief History: Twenty-One Years of Hunting Accidents in the Forests of Rock 'n' Roll (Grove, 2005). He lives in Los Angeles.

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  • James Greer is the author of the novel Artificial Light (Akashic 2006), which won a California Book Award for Best Debut Novel, and the nonfiction book Guided By Voices: A Brief History (Grove Press 2006), a biography about a band for which he once played bass guitar. He is currently working with director Steven Soderbergh on a rock musical. Dennis Cooper is the author of 'The George Miles Cycle,' an interconnected sequence of five novels published in the US by Grove Press and translated into fourteen languages. His most recent novel is God, Jr. (Grove, 2005). He lives in Los Angeles.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    February 13, 2006
    Following the alleged suicide of a rock legend in 1994, a 22-year-old librarian called Fiat Lux disappears, leaving behind her 21 notebooks recording the circumstances surrounding the death. The rocker, who fronted for the band N, is known only as Kurt C, and shortly before his death, according to the notebooks, he returned to his hometown of "Dayton, O—," where he moved into the dilapidated former residence of Orville Wright. An ironic discourse on the myths around dead celebrities might be expected, but this ambitious debut novel remains more coy than keen. The notebooks unfold from multiple, obliquely identified points of view, including those of Fiat, a housebound opium-addicted Orville Wright and a local musician working on both a Wright biography and a book about "our life in rock" (perhaps an alter ego for Greer, former bassist and Guided by Voices biographer). While Greer's maverick disregard for narrative conventions works early on, the layered, disjointed structure becomes labored and confusing by mid-book. Greer's eloquence on the booze-soaked angst of the gritty Midwest alternative music scene may speak to indie fans, but too often the narrators disappear, leaving the author airing his insider opinions, stripped of the thin cloak of fiction.

  • Library Journal

    February 1, 2006
    Greer does a superb job of transcending conventional genrefication, bringing something fresh to contemporary literature by asking the simple question, -What if? - Specifically, what if Kurt C -, a well-known fictional rock musician, grew tired of success and retreated to his hometown of Dayton, OH? And what if Kurt C - decided to buy a house on Hawthorne Hill named Albion, the former residence of Orville Wright (of Wright brothers fame)? This two-part question is answered by Kurt's dear friend Fiat Lux in 21 personal notebooks found at Kurt's house after his death. It is said that she handwrote this story while Kurt's corpse lay only steps away and that when she finished, she disappeared from society forever. This new book by music writer Greer, former band member of Guided by Voices, is for the most part a very enjoyable read. There are a few instances of confusion and redundancy, but the highly inventive structure, full of eccentricities and rock music factoids, is enough to keep one entertained. Recommended for public libraries with patrons interested in popular culture and/or late Eighties, early Nineties rock music." - Stephen Morrow, Amherst, MA"

    Copyright 2006 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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