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What You Don't Know About Charlie Outlaw

Narrated by: Karissa Vacker
Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
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Publisher's Summary

One of Entertainment Weekly's "5 Books to Read if You Loved A Star Is Born"

"More than a glitzy Hollywood tale.... It's a surprisingly insightful, even poignant mediation on stardom." (Entertainment Weekly "Must List")

The celebrated author of The Myth of You and Me explores an untraditional love story through the lens of a character actor who must finally become the hero of her own story.

After a series of missteps in the face of his newfound fame, actor Charlie Outlaw flees to a remote island in search of anonymity and a chance to reevaluate his recent breakup with his girlfriend, actress Josie Lamar. But soon after his arrival on the peaceful island, his solitary hike into the jungle takes him into danger he never anticipated.

As Charlie struggles with gaining fame, Josie struggles with its loss. The star of a cult TV show in her early 20s, Josie has spent the 20 years since searching for a role to equal that one, and feeling less and less like her character, the heroic Bronwyn Kyle. As she gets ready for a reunion of the cast at a huge fan convention, she thinks all she needs to do is find a part and replace Charlie. But she can't forget him, and to get him back she'll need to be a hero in real life.

©2018 Leah Stewart (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“So much more than a fun page-turner. It's actually a brutally honest look at the inner workings of fame.” (Entertainment Weekly)

"Like all good rom-com novels, Leah Stewart's What You Don't Know About Charlie Outlaw starts with an amuse-bouche of misery.... Stewart is astute on the cruel calculus of Hollywood.... That her main characters are in show business allows Stewart to explore the more universal romantic quandary, What's real and what's acting?" (New York Times Book Review

"Like all good rom-com novels, Leah Stewart's What You Don't Know About Charlie Outlaw starts with an amuse-bouche of misery.... Stewart is astute on the cruel calculus of Hollywood.... That her main characters are in show business allows Stewart to explore the more universal romantic quandary, What's real and what's acting?" (New York Times Book Review

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