- Paperback: 375 pages
- Publisher: Black Lawrence Press (September 11, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0982876688
- ISBN-13: 978-0982876688
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,846,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Tracy DeBrincat's short story collection, TROGLODYTE, was awarded the 2012 Elixir Prize and published by Elixir Press in January 2014. Her novel HOLLYWOOD BUCKAROO was awarded the inaugural Big Moose Prize and published by Black Lawrence Press, and the short story collection MOON IS COTTON & SHE LAUGH ALL NIGHT received a prize for innovative fiction and was published in 2010 by Subito Press (University of Colorado Boulder). She has published prize-winning short stories and poetry in literary journals from Another Chicago Magazine to Zyzzyva and authors the blog Bigfoot Lives!. She is a freelance creative advertising consultant in the entertainment business and loves living in Los Angeles.
Top customer reviews
Tracy Debrincat's new novel Hollywood Buckaroo is such a place. It is the story of a young man, Sander Sanderson, who has had his world torn apart, only to be given one last chance at his dream of being a director. The book starts in Los Angeles, a place known as a mecca for people who like to reinvent themselves, which is an excellent choice as no one is in more need of reinvention than Sander. Comic scenes notwithstanding--like one with artfully described vomit, or another with Sander falling into a hot tub at a Hollywood party with his pants still around his ankles--the story really doesn't take off until Sander ends up in Buckaroo, a town so far off the map that one expects to find signs saying, "there be dragons here." And there are dragons there, metaphorical dragons that is, because Buckaroo is a magical place where anything can happen. A place where dragons and redemption can be found in equal measure. A place where one can find love, respect, and the confidence one needs to be an artist. A place filled with characters so wide open, and so quirkily drawn, that they are as lovable as the town itself. And a place full of intrigue and danger, from malevolent city council meetings to drug deals gone bad.
All of these things and more, Sander finds in Buckaroo, but what the reader finds is something more. What the reader finds is love.
You see, this novel works because the fictional town of Buckaroo is based upon a very real, and very magical place called Pioneertown. Perhaps not quite as magical as the book, but still a town magical enough to show a young author that the secret to her tinsel town dreams can be found when one falls off the map. It was Debrincat's love affair with the real Pioneertown, that gave birth to the fictional one of Buckaroo, and it is us, dear reader, who are all the more fortunate for it.
Passionately written, skillfully paced, and sprinkled in equal measure with comedy and surprise; read this book, and fall in love again.
This is the first of her novels I've read. (I enjoyed her collection of short stories, published a couple of years ago.) This novel was a delightful romp. I also found the actual binding of "H'wood Buckaroo" very handsomely done. My husband is now engrossed in the book and will soon realize what all my smiling was about!