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


I MET SOMEONE by Bruce Wagner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"The ravings of a writer who is either on drugs or off his meds."
A novel of contemporary Hollywood, featuring dozens of real celebrities and a few invented ones. Read full book review >
THE EMPTY CHAIR by Bruce Wagner
FICTION & LITERATURE
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
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >
THE CHRYSANTHEMUM PALACE by Bruce Wagner
FICTION & LITERATURE
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
FICTION & LITERATURE
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
FICTION & LITERATURE
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
FICTION & LITERATURE
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
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >