Books by Bruce Wagner

Bruce Wagner is the author of Force Majeure, I'm Losing You, and I'll Let You Go, which was nominated for a PEN USA fiction award. Two movies (I'm Losing You and Women in Film) adapted from his books have been shown at the Telluride, Toronto, Venice, and

THE EMPTY CHAIR by Bruce Wagner
Released: Dec. 26, 2013

"Wagner meditates on our fundamental cravings for connections—both human and divine—and meanings—both personal and cosmic—with wit, compassion and a sharp eye for the lies we tell ourselves."
Casting himself as a story collector, Wagner links two novellas, two narratives separated in time yet bound by a common motif: the empty chair, where loss, grief and death are seated. Read full book review >
MEMORIAL by Bruce Wagner
Released: Sept. 5, 2006

"Brilliant, entropic fiction that sometimes spins off into its own narcissistic void."
SoCal chronicler extraordinaire (Still Holding, 2003, etc.) goes deep with a portrait of a terminally self-destructive family. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Smart, high-gloss slur of fame, drugs and the fateful weight of family."
A recovering addict, an egomaniacal actor with daddy issues, and an underperforming wannabe make for a particularly LA dysfunctional trio. Read full book review >
STILL HOLDING by Bruce Wagner
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"A brutal phantasmagoria on the pleasures and perils of the dream factory."
Strivers in Hollywood: some rise to fame, others fall into the flames. Read full book review >
I’LL LET YOU GO by Bruce Wagner
Released: Jan. 9, 2002

"A masterful, modern-day fantasy of millionaires and madmen, fathers and sons, reality and dreams."
The author of I'm Losing You (1996) slices open the self-satisfied bosom of Los Angeles yet again in his third novel, a sprawling family saga that trades the usual mush-mouthed sentimentalities for cascading shards of knife-edged vignettes. Read full book review >
I'M LOSING YOU by Bruce Wagner
Released: July 17, 1996

"Much smarter than the recent bunch of novels and movies on Hollywood, and much more believable for its very lack of a narrative hook."
Screenwriter Wagner's second well-done Hollywood novel (Force Majeure, 1991) surveys the mostly sordid L.A. scene from top to bottom, making up for a lack of dramatic focus with lots of hypergossipy vignettes of hustling, deviance, New Age goofiness, and consumer lust—and that's just among the successful. Read full book review >
FORCE MAJEURE by Bruce Wagner
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Richly done boffo winner."
Smashing debut novel in which screenwriter Bud Wiggin, a Thomas Wolfe for failed screenwriters, seems to be a stand-in for author Wagner—screenwriter of the stupid but successful Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills and Nightmare on Elm Street 3. Read full book review >