The Friday Afternoon Club The Friday Afternoon Club

The Friday Afternoon Club

A Family Memoir

    • 4.3 • 164 Ratings
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Publisher Description

The instant New York Times bestseller! 

“Warm and perceptive.” New York Times


“Griffin Dunne knows how to tell a story." Washington Post

"Dunne is a prospector for the incandescent detail.”  Los Angeles Times

“What a remarkable and moving story filled with twists and turns, the most famous of faces, and a complex family revealed with loving candor. I was blown away by Griffin Dunne’s life and his ability to capture so much of it in these beautifully written pages.” —Anderson Cooper

Griffin Dunne’s memoir of growing up among larger-than-life characters in Hollywood and Manhattan finds wicked humor and glimmers of light in even the most painful of circumstances


At eight, Sean Connery saved him from drowning. At thirteen, desperate to hook up with Janis Joplin, he attended his aunt Joan Didion and uncle John Gregory Dunne’s legendary LA launch party for Tom Wolfe’s The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. At sixteen, he got kicked out of boarding school, ending his institutional education for good. In his early twenties, he shared an apartment in Manhattan’s Hotel Des Artistes with his best friend and soulmate Carrie Fisher while she was filming some sci-fi movie called Star Wars and he was a struggling actor working as a popcorn concessionaire at Radio City Music Hall. A few years later, he produced and starred in the now-iconic film After Hours, directed by Martin Scorsese. In the midst of it all, Griffin’s twenty-two-year-old sister, Dominique, a rising star in Hollywood, was brutally strangled to death by her ex-boyfriend, leading to one of the most infamous public trials of the 1980s. The outcome was a travesty of justice that marked the beginning of their father Dominick Dunne’s career as a crime reporter for Vanity Fair and a victims' rights activist.

And yet, for all its boldface cast of characters and jaw-dropping scenes, The Friday Afternoon Club is no mere celebrity memoir. It is, down to its bones, a family story that embraces the poignant absurdities and best and worst efforts of its loveable, infuriating, funny, and moving characters—its author most of all.

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
RELEASED
2024
June 11
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
400
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Publishing Group
SELLER
PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
SIZE
15.5
MB

Customer Reviews

Victoria Ann B ,

Fantastic

Enjoyed every minute of this amazing novel. From the old Hollywood stories, to the often harrowing family drama, Griffin Dunne has an insightful, compassionate voice that leaps off every page. Very highly recommend.

Cat TD ,

Glorious!

Absolutely adored this memoir! I have loved Griffin Dunne in films for years, but he outdoes himself with this touching, heartfelt and often hilarious book! What a charming, delightful, unexpected man he is and I am grateful that he shared the extraordinary lives of his family with us.

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