A Star Is Bored by Byron Lane


She needs an assistant. He needs a hero.

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A Star Is Bored by Byron Lane

She needs an assistant. He needs a hero.​


A Star Is Bored is a hilariously heartfelt novel influenced in part by the author’s time assisting beloved actress Carrie Fisher. 

Praise for A Star Is Bored:

"A Star is Bored is an absolute knockout. Riotously funny and wickedly tender. The pitch-perfect absurdity and sharp heartbreak of this story come to life so vividly that the last page left me aching. Completely outrageous and positively lovely."

Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones and the Six

“A Star is Bored is a warm, hilarious act - and celebration - of love. A novel that gloriously fails to commit the crime of boredom.”

Patrick Ness, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Monster Calls.

“I’m in love with this hearty story of a hilarious Hollywood friendship. It’s fierce and funny and will warm your heart in these often frigid times. This is some queer chicken noodle soup for my soul, honey.”

Jonathan Van Ness, New York Times bestselling author of Over the Top

"Aside from being laugh out loud funny, brazen, charming and exquisitely observed, ASIB is romantic, soulful and filled with tender sweetness. For those of us who knew Carrie and Byron it all brings back chokingly funny and necessarily sad memories of a uniquely beautiful and deranged ménage, but it will make every reader feel at home and a part of it too."

Stephen Fry, author and actor


"I didn't go into this expecting a love story, but the one here between a Hollywood assistant and his famous, hilarious and deeply lonely boss came very close to breaking my heart.”

Julia Claiborne Johnson, bestselling author of Be Frank With Me


"Byron Lane has written a book that will touch you on so many levels. I was prepared for the laughs, but didn't expect the poignant story of a relationship both difficult and wonderful at the same time. A terrific read."

Laurie Gelman, bestselling author of Class Mom and You've Been Volunteered


Best Books to Read This Summer: 

"Funny, dishy, deeply affectionate...

the force is with him."


"Wildly funny… Lane’s writing lifts the novel far above its gossamer Hollywood setting."


"A love letter, not only to Carrie Fisher, but also to the ridiculous, bizarre and oft-magical world of Hollywood."


"Carrie Fisher-inspired ‘A Star Is Bored’ upends celebrity culture... is anything but boring."


"This book is more of a sweet goodbye and an ode to friendship... it delights."


"Delightful... affecting tale...

potent and palpable."


"Sizzling Summer Reads:
Witty debut novel."

A Star Is Bored Entertainment Weekly

"Lane turns out to be such a good writer, so funny and rapier sharp... He gives us the best of both worlds, savage satire leavened with compassion."

Read an excerpt in



"Summer 2020 Reading List"


"Best Books Out in July:

Hilarious, beautiful story of a most 

unconventional friendship."


Five Books to Read This July:

"brilliantly funny, surprisingly poignant, and accurate in its portrayal of the boss/assistant addiction."


"Hilarious... Carrie Fisher's former assistant is ready for his turn in the spotlight."


"Bravo... charming, hilarious,

and memorable."


"Best summer reads of 2020: 

Alternately hilarious

and heartwarming"



this is a book for everyone."


"Must-Read Books of Summer"


"Brand New Beach Reads for 2020"

"Perfect quarantine companion."

"The Best Summer Books

to Read in 2020"


"Best Beach Reads of 2020"


"Pithy and often hilarious novel about acceptance, positive change, self-discovery, and ultimately love."

Best Books of 2020: "Vibrant and at times hilarious peek behind the curtain of celebrity."


"Lane's whirlwind tale... will have you laughing in some parts and crying in others... you will not be able to put A Star Is Bored down."

"Most Anticipated Books

of 2020"

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Byron Lane

Byron Lane is an author, playwright, and screenwriter.


His debut novel is called A STAR IS BORED, hailed by The New York Times as "wildly funny," about an uptight celebrity assistant struggling to manage his eccentric movie star boss, inspired in part by Lane’s time as assistant to beloved actress Carrie Fisher. 

Lane is a two-time regional Emmy Award winner from his time as a television news journalist. He also wrote the acclaimed play TILDA SWINTON ANSWERS AN AD ON CRAIGSLIST, the award winning web series LAST WILL & TESTICLE, and the feature film HERPES BOY starring Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer.

He lives in Palm Springs with his husband, bestselling author Steven Rowley.

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