WASHINGTON, July 17, 2011 — Carl Hiaasen brings readers another eye opening tale of excitement in the era of celebrity worship with his latest novel Star Island (Knopf, 9780307272584).
Twenty-two year old pop singer Cherry Pie is about to release a comeback album and embark on a major tour but she is not doing well. The complexities of stardom have warped her awareness of consequences and so, she is on yet another trip to have her stomach pumped when Cherry’s double steps up to the plate.
Ann Delusia is an actress with a steady gig posing as Cherry in order to distract the media from the star’s public relations fiascos and regular trips to rehab. The work is boring and she is underappreciated, but on a trip to Florida adventure abounds.
With the fast pace of People Magazine Hiaasen brings the world of celebrities and their tabloid followers to life. Incorporating the financial reliance of Cherry’s family upon her unstable performance, fallen politicos, radicalized eco terrorists, paid security with its flaws, and one woman’s ability to survive in the wildness Star Island is packed with excitement and intrigue.
The world of Hollywood is superficial and cut throat. Hiaasen brings the trappings of glamour and the excitement of a murder mystery together in his inimitable fashion. Enjoy!
Carl Hiaasen is the author of twelve novels including the best sellers: Nature Girl, Skinny Dip, Sick Puppy, Lucky You, as well as the the children’s fiction: Hoot, Flush and Scat. He writes a weekly column for the Miami Herald.
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