To millions, Carrie Fisher will always and forever be Princess Leia. Not an Emmy or Grammy Award winner, best-selling author or, for that mater, a flesh-and-blood human being.
Yet to those who knew her, she was a remarkable force in their lives and a woman who knew how to make every day count like few others in history. One such lucky soul in Fisher’s immediate orbit was Byron Lane (pictured above) who had the privilege—and sometimes challenge—of being her on-demand personal assistant.
In his first novel, A Star Is Bored, Lane weaves the tale of a personal assistant and his eccentric Hollywood superstar employer, which takes inspiration in part from his real-world experiences with Fisher. The names have been changed to protect the innocent (and far-from-saintly), but you can figure out who many of the people are.
The writing leaps off the page with fast-paced wit that never ceases to surprise and delight. It’s every bit as hilarious as what we’ve come to expect from someone who once made us LOL at his testicular cancer diagnosis in the web series he created and starred in, Last Will and Testicle. (You should make time for that, too).
Summer’s not over yet (at least if you count until the last official day, September 22) and A Star Is Bored could be the best summer read of the entire 2020 season.
We know it’s our favorite by a long shot.