The eloquently written but nauseatingly discomfiting kind of tale Wagner has built a career on has finally met an accessibility his previous novels lack. Absolutely no one can touch him and humiliation awaits anyone who tries to emulate the high-wire act only he can perform: his Joycean flourish; a manic, satirical irony that would decimate any smug millennial; a sense of ghoulish humor that could embarrass the most hardened dark web dweller. Though his signature verbosity and stunning cadence is noticeably absent here and there, there is a certain festivity in watching him tone down the linguistic pyrotechnics in service to a plot-driven, black-hearted calliope of a story.
I Met Someone is the story of Academy Award–winning actress Dusty Wilding, her wife Allegra, a long-lost daughter, and the unspeakable secret hidden beneath the glamour of their lavish, carefully calibrated celebrity life. After Allegra suffers a miscarriage, Dusty embarks on a search for the daughter she lost at age sixteen, and uncovers the answer to a question that has haunted her for decades. With masterful suspense, Bruce Wagner moves among the perspectives of his characters, revealing their individual trauma and the uncanny connections to one another’s past lives. I Met Someone plummets the reader down a rabbit hole of the human psyche, with Wagner’s remarkable insights into our collective obsession with great wealth and fame, and surprises with unimaginable plot turns and unexpected fate. Alternately tender, shocking, and poetic, this is Wagner’s most captivating and affecting novel yet.
About the Author
Bruce Wagner is the author of The Empty Chair, Dead Stars, Memorial, The Chrysanthemum Palace (a PEN/Faulkner fiction award finalist), Still Holding, I’ll Let You Go, I’mLosing You, and Force Majeure. He wrote the acclaimed miniseries Wild Palms (based on his graphic novel) and Maps to the Stars, directed by David Cronenberg. Wagner lives in Los Angeles.
"I Met Someone sneaks inside the palace walls to tell the story of a middle-aged actress of Meryl Streep-level renown....a shock revelation [transforms] the book into an updated Greek tragedy....The Greeks wrote their tragedies about kings and queens, and this curious novel positions the mega-famous as our modern day royalty." —Wall Street Journal
“The deepening trajectory of Wagner’s work is truly breathtaking; reading I Met Someone is like experiencing an as-yet-undiscovered prayer charting our desperate, funny, wrenching, and wholly necessary struggle to find meaning within the world and connection with each other. I was altered by it.” —Steven Soderbergh
“Funny and tragic in equal measure, Bruce Wagner tells a beautifully American story about the desperate hunt for fame and love.” —Sherman Alexie