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The Other Side of Mulholland

A Novel

Stephen Randall

St. Martin's Press

Los Angeles is the Peninsula Hotel, Spago Beverly Hills, and a beach place in Malibu. It's also...Barney's Beanery, Koo Koo Roo chicken, and 24-hour fitness centers. Not to mention the parents' place in the Valley with its wet bar and kidney-shaped pool.

In Stephen Randall's hilarious novel of manners and mores in Los Angeles, twin brothers Perry and Tim Newman fight the ties that bind them to their pasts on the other side of Mulholland while trying to make their mark in the teeming competitive world spread out below the canyons. While Perry swaggers home with a new girlfriend on his arm and a development deal in his pocket, Tim toils in the decidedly temporary offices of a web site, Hollywood Today, and wonders if there will ever be a right moment to spring his sexuality on his parents.

But Syd and Ann Newman's lives haven't stopped because the boys moved into town. Syd's life work, Newman's Super Honda, is under attack, and Ann's serial passions for therapy, activism, and real estate are beginning to take their toll. When Tim has a rare chance to be a hero, will he take it? Will the balance of fraternal power shift once and for all?

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Like West Side Story, But with SweatLike most gyms, the 24-Hour Fitness on Pico contains two very distinct worlds, not to mention a caste system that makes India’s seem laid-back. There’s the Pump Room, with its free weights, its carefully sculpted bodies, its narcissistic, strutting muscle men who preen endlessly in the wall-to-wall mirrors and, operating under a new definition of heterosexuality that’s as flexible as their bodies are hard, admire and touch one another, poking pecs, squeezing biceps, probing abs. They sweat, they strain, they work hard to look so perfect—and
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Praise for The Other Side of Mulholland

"Fresh, witty, and relentlessly funny." --Laura Zigman

"If Bridget Jones had a sex change and teamed up with Nathanael West, the result would be the scathing, hysterical, drop-dead-accurate portrayal of contempo L.A. captured in Stephen Randall's The Other Side of Mulholland. With laser-sharp wit and sentences you want to read out loud to strangers, Randall lays bare the pretensions, rituals, and peculiar air-conditioned dementia of life in the City of Angels. A hugely readable debut by a terrific new voice in American fiction." --Jerry Stahl, author of Permanent Midnight and Perv: A Love Story

"Randall's novel is a wise exploration of how, for many of us, family ties can not only bind, but gag." --Laura Zigman, author of Animal Husbandry
"Fresh, witty, and relentlessly funny." --Laura Zigman

"If Bridget Jones had a sex change and teamed up with Nathanael West, the result would be the scathing, hysterical, drop-dead-accurate portrayal of contempo L.A. captured in Stephen Randall's The Other Side of Mulholland. With laser-sharp wit and sentences you want to read out loud to strangers, Randall lays bare the pretensions, rituals, and peculiar air-conditioned dementia of life in the City of Angels. A hugely readable debut by a terrific new voice in American fiction." --Jerry Stahl, author of Permanent Midnight and Perv: A Love Story

"Randall's novel is a wise exploration of how, for many of us, family ties can not only bind, but gag." --Laura Zigman, author of Animal Husbandry

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Stephen Randall

  • Stephen Randall is the executive editor of Playboy magazine. This is his first novel. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.
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The Other Side of Mulholland

A Novel

Stephen Randall

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