The Friday Afternoon Club: A Family Memoir (Hardback)
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The Friday Afternoon Club: A Family Memoir (Hardback)

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Hardback 400 Pages
Published: 13/06/2024
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Ranging from star-studded anecdotes about Hollywood's biggest names to the heartwrenching aftermath of his sister Dominique's brutal murder, Dunne's capacious autobiography is much more than the standard Tinseltown memoir.

At eight, Sean Connery saved him from drowning. At thirteen, desperate to hook up with Janis Joplin, he attended his aunt Joan Didion's legendary LA launch party for Tom Wolfe's The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. In his early twenties, he shared a Manhattan apartment with his best friend and soulmate Carrie Fisher while she was filming some sci-fi movie called Star Wars and he was a struggling actor selling popcorn at Radio City Music Hall. A few years later, he produced and starred in the now-iconic film After Hours, directed by Martin Scorsese.

In the midst of it all, Griffin's twenty-two-year-old sister, Dominique, a rising star in Hollywood, was brutally strangled to death by her ex-boyfriend, leading to one of the most infamous public trials of the 1980s. The outcome was a travesty of justice that marked the beginning of their father Dominick Dunne's career as a bestselling author of true crime narratives.

And yet, for all its boldface cast of characters and jaw-dropping scenes, The Friday Afternoon Club is no mere celebrity memoir. It is, down to its bones, a family story that embraces the poignant absurdities and best and worst efforts of its loveable, infuriating, funny and moving characters - its author most of all.

Publisher: Atlantic Books
ISBN: 9781804710548
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 640 g
Dimensions: 241 x 157 x 32 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS

Warm and perceptive - New York Times

Griffin Dunne knows how to tell a story - Washington Post

Dunne is a prospector for the incandescent detail - Los Angeles Times

So honest and funny and smart...What a guy, I kept thinking, as I wolfed his book down - Rachel Cooke, Observer

A generous, starry book that veers into deeper emotional waters than your standard chronicle of well-connected Hollywood...a novelistic and compelling account of a life, and a self-deprecating guide to the Dunnes' many highs and lows. It is a fond yet riveting family portrait - Guardian

Captivating...beyond entertaining, honest in confronting heartbreaks and jealousies, often genuinely funny, and somehow understated... Dunne's storytelling is buoyant, his prose crisp; he's most definitely a writer - Booklist

Despite the glamorous backdrops in California and New York, the author portrays a family whose core human experiences make them universally relatable . . . A poignant love letter and evidence that through it all, genuine love is the backbone that keeps a family strong - Kirkus (starred review)

Dunne's writing is vivid, openhearted and full of a rich irony that inflects even the most emotional scenes. . . The result is a raucously entertaining homage to an unforgettable dynasty - Publishers Weekly

Joyful, tragic and resilient with a masterful, roving tone as varied as the actor-director-producer-author's restless career - David Duchovny

A riveting and rollicking portrait of Dunne's unconventional family as well as a deeply considered reckoning with the tragedy that exploded within it. He is honest about himself, generous with others, and insightful about every glittering and dark aspect of his richly lived years. He is also - like the best entertainers - ridiculously funny. This is just a wonderful memoir. Period. - Alexandra Styron, author of READING MY FATHER

Griffin Dunne has given us a family history that is both humorous and heartbreaking. The Friday Afternoon Club is infused with the vitality that confidence in one's perceptions can bring and the ambiguity that accompanies the expense and strain of fame. Confessions of this order are works of art - Susanna Moore, author of IN THE CUT and MISS ALUMINIUM

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Katy Wheatley

“Bleak but Gripping. All that darkness beneath the shimmer.”

Fascinating, mesmeric read. This is a memoir of two halves with the murder of Dunne's sister bookmarking the turning point. This is a life lived at a level that can only be boggled at in terms of Hollywood... More

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“Enjoyable read”

Griffin Dunne’s memoir is simply an enjoyable book, from start to finish. The tragic story at the heart of the book is something I had an awareness of many years ago, but had never read about. Now being told by one of... More

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