Happy Halloween. Check out this creepy cover. It’s perfectly chilling to highlight a novel about our obsession with beauty. Frank Strausser’s, PLASTIC (RareBirdBooks) will have you flipping pages until the very end.

When a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon is called in after a beautiful pop star is brutally assaulted, he thinks his job is to restore her looks, but soon fears he’s there to surgically erase all trace of the crime.   

Plastic is a novel of psychological suspense about some desperate Hollywood image makers who conspire to do the ultimate cover up. When Dr. Harry Previn fails to restore Fay Wray, the ravishingly beautiful nineteen year-old pop star at the center of this predicament, a conspiracy ensues to fake her death offering her Marilyn Monroe-like immorality, but of course if she’s dead, she can’t press criminal charges. For Previn, beauty has become a life or death proposition because his patients are literally dying to be beautiful. Plastic explores the ephemeral world of celebrity and beauty at the intersection of Hollywood and rock ‘n roll.

Reading PLASTIC gave me flashbacks to FX, NIP – TUCK and E’s, BOTCHED. What could be more fun!frank

FRANK STRAUSSER is a playwright and novelist. His plays include Psycho Therapy, The Powder Room, The Split, Valentine Triage, and Wishing Well. Plastic is his first novel. He studied story and character development with Robert McKee and with the late Milton Katselias, at the Beverly Hills Playhouse. Strausser is currently working on his second novel, Here Comes The Son. He completed the Radcliffe Publishing Procedures Program at Harvard University and majored in English Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He divides his time between Los Angeles and Palm Beach with his wife and son.

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16 thoughts on “PLASTIC by Frank Strausser – SPOTLIGHT & GIVEAWAY

  1. This looks really interesting. Even though things have changed and some young women aren’t as obsessed with the perfect face and body, many many others are, and everybody on television is beautiful.

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  2. I don’t believe in cosmetic surgery just because you want it. If it is for medical correction then I can see that. Don’t believe in botox injection. I believe you have the way God intended you to age and that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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  3. I have seen ageing women frantically trying to hold on to youthful physical beauty. It may work for awhile, but I fear the letdown will be even more frustrating when they see they can’t hold off changes forever.

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  4. I think there is way too much emphasis on outside beauty. I think the kind of person you are and how you treat people is real beauty.

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  5. Beauty is relative, and it can manifest itself in different ways and forms. What is beautiful for me is not necessarily beautiful for another

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  6. Beauty is a strange thing. Of course, beauty on the inside is of upmost importance, but it’s hard for some to concentrate on this side of beauty. The advertisements convince the young girls that it’s important to be beautiful on the outside at all times. Often times, this belief is carried on through their entire lives and they have difficulty as they age. I believe this limits them from enjoying themselves.


  7. I think it’s a balance. You should care how you look but also let the glow you’re given to shine through. I have received the most compliments when I was just being me & wasn’t looking what I feel is my best. If I was to give one piece of beauty advice, I would say smile more & laugh often. That’s your inner beauty shining through.


  8. Beauty is a constant in women’s lives. Makeup which distorts and does not help. Be yourself and be kind, thoughtful and gracious.


  9. Beauty only goes so far. I know many who are obsessed with the fake boobs, fake eyelashes, all kinds of surgical procedures….& some real ugliness spewing from the inside. It seems like many can’t accept themselves as they are and that is sad. I’m not talking about those who work out and do healthy lifestyle things. We need to learn to love ourselves and others despite our flaws. Everyone has them


  10. I think women are too obsessed about maintaining their youthful look. We all just need to age gracefully.


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