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Waiting on Wednesday: Dark Sparkler by Amber Tamblyn

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.  Its purpose is to spotlight eagerly-anticipated upcoming releases.

This week I’m eagerly awaiting:

Dark Sparkler by Amber Tamblyn

Expected Release Date: April 7, 2015

The lives of more than twenty-five actresses lost before their time—from Marilyn Monroe to Brittany Murphy—explored in haunting, provocative new work by an acclaimed poet and actress

Amber Tamblyn is both an award-winning film and television actress and an acclaimed poet. As such she is deeply fascinated-and intimately familiar—with the toll exacted from young women whose lives are offered in sacrifice as starlets. The stories of these actresses, both famous and obscure-tragic stories of suicide, murder, obscurity, and other forms of death—inspired this empathic and emotionally charged collection of new poetic work.

Featuring subjects from Marilyn Monroe and Frances Farmer to Dana Plato and Brittany Murphy—and paired with original artwork commissioned for the book by luminaries including David Lynch, Adrian Tome, Marilyn Manson, and Marcel Dzama—Dark Sparkler is a surprising and provocative collection from a young artist of wide-ranging talent, culminating in an extended, confessional epilogue of astonishing candor and poetic command.

(summary via Goodreads)

It’s news to me that Amber Tamblyn is a writer and a poet, but it’s exciting news, since I think she’s basically great all around.  I’ve loved her for a long time (I still miss Joan of Arcadia!) and think she’s smart and funny.  This piece of work is exactly up my alley, too.  I love the concept of exploring actresses who were taken too soon.  I can’t wait for this!

What are you waiting on this week?

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