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Bret Easton Ellis: Imperial Bedrooms

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Bret Easton Ellis, author of *Rules of Attraction* and *American Psycho*, reads from his newest novel, *Imperial Bedrooms*, which follows the infamous teenagers of his debut, *Less Than Zero*, into an even more desperate middle age. Clay, a successful screenwriter, has returned from New York to Los Angeles to help cast his new movie, and he's soon drifting through a long-familiar circle. Blair, his former girlfriend, is married to Trent, an influential manager who's still a bisexual philanderer, and their Beverly Hills parties attract various levels of fame, fortune and power. Then there's Clay's childhood friend Julian, a recovering addict, and their old dealer, Rip, face-lifted beyond recognition and seemingly even more sinister than in his notorious past. But Clay's own demons emerge once he meets a gorgeous young actress determined to win a role in his movie. And when his life careens completely out of control, he has no choice but to plumb the darkest recesses of his character and come to terms with his proclivity for betrayal.

Bret Easton Ellis is the author of five previous novels including, *Less Than Zero*, *The Rules of Attraction*, *American Psycho*, *Glamorama*, and *Lunar Park*, and a collection of stories, *The Informers*. His works have been translated into twenty-seven languages. *Less Than Zero*, *The Rules of Attraction*, A*merican Psycho*, and *The Informers* have all been made into films. He divides his time between Los Angeles and New York City.