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Candy Everybody Wants by Josh Kilmer-Purcell


Candy Everybody Wants by Josh Kilmer-Purcell

Armistead Maupin meets Beautiful People in Josh Kilmer-Purcell's hilarious and yet poignant coming-of-age tale Jayson Blocher is fifteen years old with a wayward mother, a disabled brother and a neighbour who thinks he's the spawn of the devil. For so long he has worshipped at the feet of popular culture, but now he wants to be part of it, and let's face it, what's to keep him in Wisconsin? Even his own mother wants him to go. So Jayson heads off to find fame and fortune, accompanied by an ever-changing cast of quirky extended family members. From a New York escort agency to the glamour of a Hollywood situation comedy, Jayson searches for his destiny. Only to find that being America's sweetheart can leave a very sour aftertaste.


`Josh Kilmer-Purcell is funny funny funny, one of the funniest young writers in America. In Candy Everybody Wants, he trains his insightfully sardonic eye on the world of 80's pop culture, showing the roots that made us a nation of Britneys, American Idols, and Obamamaniacs
James Frey

`A balls out joy ride through eighties pop culture that enlightens as much as it exhilarates. As always, Kilmer-Purcell's astringent wit is nicely tempered by his obvious sympathy for human frailty. Armistead Maupin

`In a word, wonderful
Clive Barker on I Am Not Myself These Days

`A funny, enjoyable, feel-good romp...perfect holiday reading.'Bent

About the Author

After ‘retiring’ from drag in 2000, Josh Kilmer-Purcell refocused on his advertising career, winning numerous awards, and is now a partner in a mid-size creative advertising agency in lower Manhattan. He lives on Manhattan’s Upper East Side with his partner of five years.

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Publication date

28th May 2009


Josh Kilmer-Purcell

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HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers


320 pages


Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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