Chicken (ReganBooks/HarperCollins, 2002) is the funny, touching story of a sweet, wide-eyed son of Seventies Suburbia who spends a year as a teenage sex worker servicing rich, lonely women in Beverly Hills. After being sexually assaulted his first night in Hollywood, David meets Sunny, the manager of Hollywood Fried Chicken, who teaches him all about chicken: how to fry one, and how to be one. But even as he revels in the wild adventures and the mad money, he is sucked into the seedy seamy side of Hollywood: the blank-eyed women, the Fall-of-Rome the orgies, and the drugs. With a mix of breathtaking honesty, comedy, tenderness, and a wide-eyed fascination for the characters and bizarre world he enters, Sterry creates a narrative that is fresh, smart, and unexpectedly uplifting. Chicken is a book like no other—a playful, gripping story that explores what it means to suffer through the underbelly of the American Dream. And make it out alive.
David gives an overview of the book:
I walk all the way up Hollywood Boulevard to Grauman’s Chinese Theater: past turistas snapping shots; wanna-be starlets sparkling by in mini-skirts with head shots in their hands and moondust in their eyes; rowdy cowboys drinking with drunken Indians; black businessmen bustling by briskly in crisp suits; ladies who do not lunch with nylons rolled up below the knee pushing shopping carts full of everything they own; Mustangs rubbing up against muscular Mercedes and Hell’s Angels hogs.
It’s a sick twisted Wonderland, and I am Alice.
David Henry Sterry is a best-selling author, award winning performer, book doctor, activist and muckraker. His newest book is Mort Morte, an illustrated novella. He is a also a Book Doctor who co-authored The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published. Before that...
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