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Justin Kuritzkes was born in Los Angeles and lives in New York. Productions of his plays have been staged by The New Group, JACK, and Actors Theatre of Louisville. He is known on the internet for his "Potion Seller" video and for his pop album, "Songs About My Wife." He has been awarded residencies from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the Edward F. Albee Foundation. This is his first novel.


"[I've] been familiar with Kuritzkes's looping, philosophical humor for a while. . . .Famous People is one monologue, dipped in a vat of vocal fry and ego death. . . entertaining and sort of heartbreaking." --The New Yorker, 'What We're Reading This Summer' "Kuritzkes's clever debut is a hilarious probing social commentary... Kuritzkes flawlessly strikes the right balance between searing and comedic as his narrator searches for the true meaning of being a normal person while being famous. This is an incisive and fresh debut." --Publishers Weekly

"Kuritzkes' novel feels modern and original, capturing the bizarre life, thoughts, and rationalizations of
someone who came of age in front of an audience." --Booklist"A thoughtful, subtly structured exploration of fame and its discontents." --Kirkus"Famous People is a hysterical, moving and uncanny portrait of premature fame. It perfectly captures a voice we rarely read: articulate but non-academic, profound but shallow, superior but curious. It's an extraordinary character, brilliantly conceived."
--Jesse Eisenberg, Academy-award nominated actor and author of Bream Gives Me Hiccups

"Framed as a memoir, Famous People is told with a voice so real you'll have to remind yourself that it's a novel. Justin Kuritzkes has come up with something new in this, something relevant, maybe even prescient. This is a story fit for our times." --Nico Walker, author of Cherry

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