Frankie Styne, the physically deformed author of a series of violent best-selling novels, understands the power that lies in ugliness. After he’s nominated for a top literary prize, his intensely private life is exposed, and he hatches a revenge plot from his own novels targeting his agent. Set into motion, it changes not only his own life but that of the young woman and her near-brain-dead, but beautiful, son next door in an unexpected way. A thrilling novel of literary revenge and celebrity culture and the power of beauty in an ugly world, Frankie Styne is unforgettable.
Advanced Praise for Frankie Styne and the Silver Man
“Exquisite … [Page’s] favored themes are here—the stark dichotomies of life, the power of language, the way the social system tries and fails to help people, and how saving grace can come from unseen places … A fierce writer; her relentless imagination and pure writing skills bring a broken, nightmare world fully to life.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
“This book has the trappings of great pulp … Page’s prose is vivid and alive, with nary a scrap of throwaway writing to be found.”—Publishers Weekly
“Page’s imaginative powers are electric. She has the ability to analyze the often nightmarish qualities of the human psyche and as a result, Frankie Styne is a taut examination of the complex emotional ties that bind, the methods we employ to distance ourselves, and our ambiguous powers of imagination. She is at once poignant and provocative, stomach-churningly distasteful and yet compulsively readable.”—Time Out UK
“Frankie Styne and the Silver Man resists being put down for the night … I read on, captivated and creeped-out. But this being Kathy Page, I always trusted I was heading away from a nightmare, towards a happier place. This is Felicia’s Journey, with a big dollop of hope.”—Caroline Adderson, prize-winning author of Ellen in Pieces
“Fresh and engaging. Her writing is crisp and her insights into human behavior are acute.”—Lynne Van Luven, Monday Magazine
“Great story. Great writing, too. [Frankie Styne renders] down the monstrous, gently fold the abnormal into an embrace and make it human … Fantastic!”—Helen Heffernan