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Praise for American Dream Machine:

"Joan Didion prophesied this novel. In an essay called "Los Angeles Days," published in 1992 in AFTER HENRY, she wrote that "Californians until recently spoke of the United States beyond Colorado as "back east". If they went to New York, they went "back"to New York, a way of speaking that carried with it the suggestion of living on a distant frontier. Calfiornians of my daughter's generation speak of going "Out" to New York, a meaningful shift in the perception of one's place in the world." Specktor's American Dream Machine may be first literature I've read in which Los Angeles is assumed as London is assumed by Dickens and Paris by Proust and New York by a host of twentieth century American writers. There is nothing ironic, ambivalent, or apologetic about Specktor's relationship to Los Angeles -- as it is and was, as myth and as a thriving capitol city. Los Angeles provides an animate pulse under the lives of these men and boys, a source of permanence that lends their struggles gravity and monument." -- Mona Simpson (Anywhere But Here, My Hollywood)


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. Thrilling." -- David Shields (Reality Hunger, The Thing About Life is That One Day You'll Be Dead)


"American Dream Machine is grand, complex, lush, intelligent and lively, funny as hell and generous in ways you don't often find. It's also a strikingly original portrait of Los Angeles. People speak of Chandler's L.A., or Didion's, or Nathaniel West's. Someday, they'll speak of Specktor's the same way." -- Victor LaValle (Big Machine, The Ecstatic)


"Matthew Specktor has created a great American character in Beau Rosenwald. He is full of contradictions, full of ambition, full of raw life, and yet he manages to seduce us. This riveting novel shows us the existential desperation that lurks in the dark hunger of Hollywood power mongers. Specktor gets every detail right, and American Dream Machine's sentences are suffused with an elegiac beauty.” -- Dana Spiotta (Stone Arabia, Eat The Document)

“On the other side of paradise from Monroe Stahr and The Last Tycoon is Beau Rosenwald in American Dream Machine, the last agent who mattered as much to the movies as a studio boss. Against the backdrop of the possibility-plagued Seventies, Matthew Specktor’s moving, witty and irresistible epic captures as well as any novel in memory that time in L.A. when twilight could still be mistaken for sunrise.”  -- Steve Erickson (These Dreams of You, Zeroville, Tours of The Black Clock)

"This is the novel about Los Angeles. that I've been waiting for--a mythical L..A. full of longing and distances and illusion. Specktor has captured the LA I know, the one all around me and the one in my head, a city of invention and grit, surface and underbelly. Funny, poignant and gorgeously written." -- Charles Yu (How to Live Safely in A Science Fictional Universe, Sorry, Please, Thank You)


Praise for That Summertime Sound:


Matthew Specktor's That Summertime Sound isn't so much a book as it is a door, hinged in memory, and swinging wide to every tenderhearted throb of lust and longing and precocious regret still there where you left it, at the periphery of adulthood. How does the novel perform this trick? By prose as lucid and classical as Graham Greene's in The End of the Affair, yet saturated in detail such that if you'd never had the luck to outgrow an '80's teenage dream in Columbus, Ohio, you'll feel you had after reading it." -- Jonathan Lethem