An emotional thriller by novelist Bruce Wagner, I Met Someone is the story of a fictional Hollywood marriage on the precipice of disaster - and an enthralling meditation on the world in which we live.
Bruce Wagner's I Met Someone is the story of Oscar Award-winning actress Dusty Wilding; her wife, Allegra; a long-lost daughter; and the unspeakable secret hidden beneath the glamor of their lavish, carefully calibrated celebrity life. After Allegra suffers a miscarriage, Dusty embarks on a search for the daughter she lost at age 16 and uncovers the answer to a question that has haunted her for decades.
With riveting suspense, Wagner moves between the perspectives of his characters, revealing their individual traumas and the uncanny connections to each other's past lives. I Met Someone sends the listener down a rabbit hole of the human psyche, with Wagner's remarkable insights into our collective obsession with great wealth and fame, and surprises with unimaginable plot turns and unexpected fate. Alternately tender, shocking, and poetic, I Met Someone is Wagner's most captivating and affecting novel yet.
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Shares themes with Dead Stars, but is overall, a more touching and human story. Dead Stars was also fantastic, in a different way.
She was perfectly cast.
It is precisely Wagner's willingness to describe our world as it is, that makes this book and his others, so brilliant. The critics often slam Wagner for wasting his formidable talent as a writer (the man can turn a phrase!) on unworthy lowbrow pop culture subject matter, but this assessment misses the point. Sure, Wagner could imagine a world more palatable to highbrow tastes, perhaps something more "noble", like the conflict in Sudan, or something about academics as David Lodge does, but that would lame and predictable. Distasteful as it may be to delicate critical sensibilities, Wagner’s universe is governed by TMZ, and the citizens pledge allegiance to their inalienable rights to unfettered narcissism and the pursuit of fame. Wagner is a scholar of pop culture, he does his homework, he is fluent in the profane discourse. He humbly accepts, for better or worse, we live in a Kardashian zeitgeist. He uncovers depth in the superficial and meaning in the seemingly meaningless. That said, he is not a redeemer of pop culture, he is simply an astute observer of the machinery. It is Wagner's willingness to face the reality of our times and to understand it with scholarly anthropological rigor, that makes him such a great writer…no doubt one of the best of his generation. In this way his is a bit like the Zizek of the fiction world.