Los Angeles has been the subject of, and setting for, many fine novels yet The Day of the Locust still feels like the single best-achieved piece of fiction the city has inspired.
The Los Angeles Times

The great Hollywood novel is now available as a stand-alone New Directions edition

Day Of The Locust

Fiction by Nathanael West

Admired by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Dorothy Parker, and Dashiell Hammett, and hailed as one of the “Best 100 English-language novels” by Time magazine, The Day of the Locust continues to influence American writers, artists, and culture. Bob Dylan wrote the classic song “Day of the Locusts” in homage and Matt Groening’s Homer Simpson is named after one of its characters. No novel more perfectly captures the nuttier side of Hollywood. Here the lens is turned on its fringes – actors out of work, film extras with big dreams, and parents lining their children up for small roles. But it’s the bit actress Faye Greener who steals the spotlight with her wildly convoluted dreams of stardom: “I’m going to be a star some day – if I’m not I’ll commit suicide.”

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Paperback (published May 28, 2015)

ISBN
9780811224611
Price US
12.95
Price CN
14.95
Trim Size
5x 8
Page Count
160

Ebook (published May 28, 2015)

ISBN
9780811224628

Nathanael West

20th century American author and screenwriter

Los Angeles has been the subject of, and setting for, many fine novels yet The Day of the Locust still feels like the single best-achieved piece of fiction the city has inspired.
The Los Angeles Times
West’s Day of the Locust, a sun-blazed Polaroid of its time, seems permanently oracular.
—Jonathan Lethem
Nathanael West’s humor is of course not at the expense of the victim. It is a horselaugh at a world that is too ugly and bitter to be dealt with in any other way.
The New York Times