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Genius
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By Patrick Dennis
Price 16.99

Trade Paper

Published May 2018

Following in the tradition of Auntie Mame, in 1962 bestselling author Patrick Dennis turned his wicked satirical pen on the insane world of fictional director Leander Starr. Rumored to be based on legendary filmmaker Orson Welles, Starr proves to be outrageous and memorable in this glamorous comedy of errors. Fleeing the IRS, creditors, and jilted lovers, Starr holes up in a Mexico City apartment, Casa Ximenez, with his faithful valet, Alistair St. Regis. To his surprise, the proprietor is none other than Catalina Ximinez, the leading lady in Starr's early masterpiece, Yucatán Girl. By accident or intent, others soon descend on Casa Ximenez—Starr's ex-wife, his estranged socialite daughter, a shady Mexican film producer, a tax collector who has chased Starr around the world, and a dim young widow sitting on a fortune in laxative stock. Starr concocts a plan to distract them all, and possibly stage a comeback: an abbreviated epic covering the history of Mexico titled Valley of the Vultures. This fresh edition of Dennis's uproarious novel is joined by a long-lost short story of Leander Starr, "'Twas the Night Before Christmas in the Railway Station," which appeared in the Chicago Tribune Magazine of Books, as well as a new afterword by the author's son.
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