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Bitch Goddess (2002)

by Robert Rodi

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I needed to read some prose snarkier, bitchier, and more cruelly insulting than my email. I found a whole shelf of Rodi's novels in my local liberry...mother lode!

Who cares what books like this are "about"? The plot's an excuse to travel through the meanest, nastiest corners of your psyche guilt-free! And what a catharsis it is. Not one of Rodi's characters could remotely be called a "hero" except in the lit-crit sense. Everyone, but everyone, is a self-seeking scumbag with multi-level agendas of unkindness and power-seeking and ego gratification.

*aaahhh*

Honesty is the best policy? Ha! Honesty needs the best insurance policy, more like! The crashing of dream-castles and the fracturing of hopes and the flattening of the well-intentioned is sheer, vicious, Dorothy-Parker-esque Schadenfreude.

Pop a cork. Sip slowly. Savor the wine, inhale the fumes, and remember not to snort the stuff out your nose laughing. ( )
4 vote richardderus | Oct 6, 2009 |
Surprisingly charming. The format (a collage of emails, interviews, transcripts, etc) is a little grating at first, but as the story picks up, it's hard not to fall in love with Rodi's anti-heroine. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0452283108, Paperback)

In Bitch Goddess, Robert Rodi turns his riotous wit on Hollywood sex and stardom. Told entirely through interviews, e-mails, fan magazine puff pieces, film reviews, shooting scripts, greeting cards, extortion notes, and court depositions, this is a hilarious account of the on-again, off-again career of Viola Chute, the B-grade sex symbol who slept her way to the middle-and slid downward from there.

After making a big comeback on a nighttime soap, Viola decides it's time to pen her memoirs. But when E. Manfred Harry, her ghostwriter, turns up some serious dirt, the bitch goddess fires him. The ever-resourceful Harry turns the book into an unauthorized tell-all biography, and Viola's star once again begins its descent...

Will she be asked back for a second season?
Will she make Celebrity Magazine's "Best-Dressed" list again this year?
Will her agent ever return her calls?


Praise for Robert Rodi:

"Rodi whips action around faster than Julia Child working up a souffle." (The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel)

"Irrestibly funny!" (Quentin Crisp)

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