In this blistering evisceration of celebrity culture and literary fame, a roguish loser sets out to write the best-sellingest best seller of all time. When he actually pulls it off, he winds up tearing like a tornado across America's cultural landscape. What Pete Tarslaw wants is simple enough: FAME - Realistic amount. Enough to open new avenues of sexual opportunity. Personal assistant to read mail, grocery shop, etcetera; FINANCIAL COMFORT - Never have a job again. Retire. Spend rest of life lying around, pursuing hobbies (Boating? Skeet shooting?); STATELY HOME BY THE OCEAN (OR SCENIC LAKE) - Spacious library, bay windows, wet bar. HD TV, discreetly placed. Comfortable couch; HUMILIATE EX-GIRLFRIEND AT HER WEDDING - This is the story of how he succeeds in getting it all, and what it costs him in the end. Narrated by an unlikely literary legend, "How I Became a Famous Novelist" pinballs from the postcollege slums of Boston to the fear-drenched halls of Manhattan's publishing houses, from the gloomy purity of Montana's foremost writing workshop to the hedonistic hotel bars of the Sunset Strip. This is the horrifying, hilarious tale of how Pete Tarslaw's "pile of garbage," called The Tornado Ashes Club, became the most talked about, blogged about, read, admired, and reviled novel in America. It will change everything you think you know about literature, appearance, truth, beauty, and those people who still care about books. It is the winner of the 2010 Thurber Prize for American Humor.