Barry Brennessel
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MLR Press, LLC
Release Date
June 2011
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

Film student Micah Malone learns the hard way that when life sucks, you can't just yell "Cut! Let's do another take!"

His grades are a box-office bomb. His friends create more drama than a soap opera. And his love life needs a laughtrack. While there's no script to dictate what happens next, can Micah find the direction he needs? Life, after all, is no film school project. But it /is/ great source material. The /only/ source material.

Let the cameras roll. Micah's quirky story has begun filming.

Book Review by Jenn Shanks Pray
Sep 02, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
199 people found the following review helpful
Barry Brennssel's debut novel, TINSELTOWN, has to be the most quirky, charming romance this reader has read in a long time. Never has a character felt more like a Woody Allen character in print in Mr Brennessel's laugh out loud, sexy modern romance. The ever-adorable Micah Malone, complete with internal Greek Chorus, struggles to make his way in life and love.

Full of hip references and kooky gimmicks, TINSELTOWN tells the tale of Micah Malone and his merry band of friends – all twenty-somethings in Seattle. Narrated by main character Micah, a self-absorbed film student and serious TV/film trivia nut, TINSELTOWN relates the journey of self-discovery of a young gay man and his support network of friends. Flitting from clubs to sex shops, Micah searches for relationships that connect beyond the physical. Supported by his family, who are very accepting of his openly gay status, Micah undergoes therapy, looks for love with all the wrong people and gets surprised by finding it with just the right one.

Micah and his friends have the kind of relationship that can only be borne of those intense high school and college years. Mr Brennessel pulls off quite the coup with this piece. It isn't easy to write with as much camp as this novel has and still maintain the ability to move a story along and create the type of emotional attachment that incites readers to not only laugh but cry.

The writing style, with its internal dialogue, classic TV references and other gimmicks certainly can be distracting to some readers. Ultimately it is the type of work that one will either love or hate. That being said, it is well worth the read as the story and characters are just too loveable to not give a chance. Kick back, relax and enjoy the show, TINSELTOWN style!
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