'Acampora is an original' Jay McInerney, author of Bright Lights, Big CityAn electrifying debut novel of two women's friendship, a haunting obsession and twisted ambition, set against the feverish backdrop of contemporary Hollywood.Abby Graven is a dreamer. She dreams her way through her small, lonely life - hiding back at her parents, working at the grocery store. At night, she collects tabloid clippings that taunt her with Elise - her best friend, now Hollywood's hot new starlet.Once, she and Elise studied films together. Now Abby obsesses over her favourite director, the European Auguste Perren. Enigmatic, rarely seen, he's known for his exclusive actors' studio in LA, the Rhizome, and controversial training in lucid dreaming. When a school reunion throws Elise in her path, Abby grabs the chance with both hands. With feverish certainty, she boards a one-way flight to LA to become Elise's PA and enters her gauzy realm of film sets and glamorous actors.Even as Abby overcomes her insecurities, she realises she's not the only one with scars. Behind Elise's glossy magazine veneer, she is drowning in Hollywood's vicious social cycle. Ever the devoted friend, Abby conceals her own burning desire for greatness. For she is smarter than Elise. More talented. A true artist. And after Elise finally introduces Abby to the Rhizome, she knows it's her destiny. As she edges closer to her own ambitions, Abby can see only one way to make her dream come true.Propelled by seductive, unstoppable force, The Paper Wasp slashes through the dark side of Hollywood and the treacherous intimacies of female friendship, pursuing a heroine of blazing artistic vision and blinding drive.