Matthew Specktor's American Dream Machine is the story of an iconic striver, a classic self-made man in the vein of Jay Gatsby or Augie March. It's the story of a talent agent and his troubled sons, two generations of Hollywood royalty, and its sweeping narrative concerns parents and children, the movie business, and the sundry changes that have shaped Hollywood and, by extension, American life. A thrilling contemplation of the influence of Los Angeles on American dreams. Specktor will be joined in conversation by Victor LaValle, author, most recently, of The Devil in Silver."American Dream Machine is the definitive new Hollywood novel. The tone, the pace, the details--everything is just amazingly right. The whole book is charged with the kind of necessity I almost never see in novels anymore." -- David Shields Matthew Specktor is also the author of the novel, That Summertime Sound, as well as a nonfiction
book about the motion picture The Sting. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Paris Review, The Believer, Tin House, Black Clock, and Salon.com, among other publications. He is a senior editor and founding member of the Los Angeles Review of Books.