"It speaks well of both Jonny and his creator that the result is this good, a moving, entertaining novel that is both poignant and pointed — a sweet, sad skewering of the celebrity industry...to create out of that entitled adolescent voice a being of true longing and depth, and then to make him such a devastating weapon of cultural criticism — these are feats of unlikely virtuosity, like covering Jimi Hendrix on a ukulele...you’d have to be made of triple platinum not to ache for Jonny Valentine."
—Jess Walter, The New York Times Book Review (cover review and Editors' Choice)
"Sad-funny, sometimes cutting...This is what makes 'The Love Song' more than a scabrous sendup of American celebrity culture; it’s also a poignant portrait of one young artist’s coming of age."
—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
Teddy Wayne is the author of
the novels The Love Song of Jonny Valentine (Free Press)
and Kapitoil (Harper Perennial) and a journalist who
contributes regularly to The New Yorker, The New York Times, McSweeney's, and elsewhere. .
The recipient of an NEA Creative Writing
Fellowship, he is the winner of a Whiting Writers'
Award, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize runner-up, and a New York Public
Lions Fiction Award, Dayton Literary
Peace Prize, and New York Foundation
for the Arts finalist.