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A taste of success makes one desperate not to surrender it. "Drowned in the Grenadine" follows Nathan Lindeman, a man of unconventional success in Hollywood, as he tries to put his pieces of his life back together by snatching a chance at stardom and success through it all. With plenty of humor as one man faces life's tragedy to find something worth it all in spite of it all, "Drowned in the Grenadine" is a choice pick for general fiction collections. - Midwest Book Review

About the Author

DAN GILVEZAN has been a working actor in Los Angeles for over thirty years. During that time he has appeared in scores of television series, commercials, movies and stage plays. He currently resides in the San Fernando Valley with his wife, Joselle, his daughter, Allison, and several houseplants Drowned in the Grenadine is his first novel.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461012309
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461012306
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,362,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I had heard that this was a great book to read about the "fictional" inside workings of the Hollywood machine, and I was not disappointed! I downloaded for Kindle and it was a great entertaining read with some (ahem) unexpected twists. Highly enjoyable and very funny, recommended.
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They say "write what you know," and Dan Gilvezan seems to have set out to make a writing career doing just that. As a longtime screen and voice-over actor, he's spent decades in the lunatic business that is show business, and both of his books (so far) are chronicles of his years amid the circus of Hollywood and its various sideshows. His first book, Bumblebee & Me: Life as a G1 Transformer, dealt primarily with his work on the original "Transformers" cartoon, and on the joys and agonies of working in the voice-actor business... and some of his memories, be they funny or miserable or bittersweet, of working on a silly kids' show that became a beloved classic. I enjoyed that book immensely, and so I was eager to read his second book and first novel "Drowned in the Grenadine," which was fiction but nonetheless supposedly inspired by his years in the business.

I enjoyed MOST of this book very much -- Gilvezan is a funny and talented writer, and I hope he writes more. But one scene in this book shocked me enough that it tainted my enjoyment of the rest of the book, and I wonder just why he felt its inclusion was necessary.

"Drowned in the Grenadine" follows the life of Nathan Lindemann, a divorced and down-on-his-luck actor who's struggling to find work. Once riding high as the ad spokesman for a tire company, he's now a fading has-been, bouncing from minor job to minor job and trying to make ends meet, while at the same time trying to be available for his son and checking in on his ailing father.
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If you ever wondered what life is like for a struggling actor you'll want to read Drowned in the Grenadine. This well structured, witty novel exposes the unglamorous side of the industry and is an entertaining, quick read. Dan has a gift for storytelling, which makes it easy to identify with the lead character, Nathan Lindeman. Halfway through the book you'll find yourself rooting for Nathan to come back out on top.
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This book is funny, cover made me laugh a bit with the line above the title that read, Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Literature. Reading closer I saw the tiny print above that read, No way this book will ever be...The books is a story about an actor that finds what is important in life. The story is well paced and keeps you reading. I enjoyed the characters and found myself cheering for Nathan. Finding what matters most is never easy and Nathans journey is one most of us go through at sometime in our lives.

I laughed and I cried as I journeyed my way through this book. It is well written and fast paced making it easy to keep reading while I ignored my kids. (Maybe I need to read this again and rediscover what is most important in life.) I never realized what a wild unpredictable world acting can be.

If you enjoy humor and someone that can laugh at themselves you will enjoy this book. Check it out and I think you will be surprised by what you discover about your life.
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This is the most authentic, current portrayal of the life of an actor in Hollywood I've ever read (or seen on television, which is kind of ridiculous when you think about it). The novel doesn't simply stop there though. Anyone who has had a personal crisis involving their family while at the same time experiencing a pivotal moment in their career can identify with Nathan. This book is fun, funny, poignant and something not just for actors, but something that any adult who has a career and a family can relate to.
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Dan Gilvezan provides a fascinating glimpse into "real" Hollywood through the pages of his new novel "Drowned in the Grenadine." The main character Nathan is an aspiring actor who experiences the joyride from down-and-out to celebrity not once but twice along the way. The reader is vastly entertained and amused as Gilvezan draws upon his 30+ years of experience in the entertainment industry to create compelling characters and situations for his protagonist. Lots of twists and turns keep the reader guessing what comes next. This is required reading for anyone now being tempted to "go West young man/woman."
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How many of us have secretly daydreamed at one time or another, of what it must be like to live the life of one of those successful, well paid Hollywood actors? To live the glamorous life with all of its trimmings; the fancy sports cars, the luxurious homes, the recognition you get wherever you go?

Let that wish come true, at least for a moment. Unlock the door and be swept into one young, talented and aspiring actor's shoes... but remember the old adage... be careful what you wish for.

This is a great read if you want to laugh out loud again and again!
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