Jonathan Dee seems to tackle a different industry with each of his novels: finance in The Privileges, advertising in Palladio, public relations in A Thousand Pardons. Here, publishing draws his attention, and the result is philosophic hilarity, with agents, editors, and Hollywood executives put under the microscope. Writers will find St. Famous wonderful, in equal parts funny, provocative and thoughtful. A meditation on the culture of celebrity and how books (and their accompanying film/TV spin-offs) are pitched and received, St. Famous raises questions about the intersection of art and commerce, fame, and artistic compromise. In this, I found it cathartic. Somehow, Dee manages to simultaneously delve into race in America, the justice system, and how public scandal is presented and perceived. If that sounds like a lot, Dee makes it work. My only criticism is that of his novels, I found this the most didactic, perhaps similar to Roth's The Plot Against America in that the novel veers obviously into cultural commentary. This isn't a bad thing; it just makes for a certain type of novel, aware of its own stakes.