The Friday Afternoon Club : A Family Memoir


Author: Dunne, Griffin Published 13/06/2024 | Hardback
163 x 243 x 37 | 636g

ISBN: 9781804710548 Category:

‘Warm and perceptive’ New York Times’So honest and funny and smart’ Observer’Griffin Dunne knows how to tell a story’ Washington Post’Dunne is a prospector for the incandescent detail’ Los Angeles Times’Full of light, life and colour…a startling tale of precarious American privilege, spotlighting a family that is blessed and cursed’ GuardianAt eight, Sean Connery saved him from drowning. At thirteen, desperate to hook up with Janis Joplin, he attended his aunt Joan Didion’s legendary LA launch party for Tom Wolfe’s The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. In his early twenties, he shared a Manhattan apartment 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 selling popcorn 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 bestselling author of true crime narratives.

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.

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