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Rebel: An Imagined Life of James Dean/Dann, Jack/Paper/0732278449/S054-C2
A major new novel about one of the greatest icons of the 20th century, from the bestselling author of The Memory Cathedral and The Silent.
A movie star on a meteoric rise, James Dean was already being hailed as one of America's finest actors when he died in a high-speed car accident in 1955. But what if he didn't die in that horrific car crash? What if he had lived…?
In this brilliant re-imagining of an icon and an era, Jack Dann pulls James Dean from the twisted wreckage and offers him a second chance to make an indelible mark on his art, his culture, and his time in an era of profound political change and devastating social upheaval.
Cast back into a world of Hollywood glitz and glamour, a haunted, brooding, and complex artist climbs to a pinnacle of success and power no actor of his or any generation has even achieved.
Yet for Jimmy Dean, the glory road will be winding and broken, littered with the detritus of exploded dreams and destroyed love, as it passes through the holiest cultural sites of post-war 20th-century America.
The lives and futures of Jack Kerouac, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, and the Kennedys will all be touched by him - yet perhaps none so deeply as the fragile sex goddess who will always be his greatest burden and true soulmate, a dazzling and tragic phenomenon named Marilyn - as he moves relentlessly toward an astonishing destiny.