Sean Penn takes pen in hand to write new novel

Ac­tor feels bond with char­ac­ter

Yuma Sun - - DESSERT LIFE -

NEW YORK — Sean Penn is writ­ing a novel about a “di­vorced, dis­il­lu­sioned man.”

And, yes, he did once re­lease an au­dio­book un­der the pseu­do­nym “Pappy Pariah.”

Atria Books told The As­so­ci­ated Press on Mon­day that Penn’s “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” will come out March 27. The novel builds upon an au­dio­book from 2016, nar­rated by one Pappy Pariah and pro­moted by the usu­ally pressshy ac­tor.

Dur­ing an ap­pear­ance last fall at the Los An­ge­les County Mu­seum of Art, Penn ac­knowl­edged a close bond with Pariah, while also re­fer­ring to him as a so­ciopath.

“It was soon af­ter I fin­ished nar­rat­ing the short au­dio of ‘Bob Honey’ that I be­gan to feel I had only scratched the sur­face of this story I wanted to tell,” Penn said in a state­ment is­sued Mon­day by Atria, an im­print of Si­mon & Schus­ter.

“Ex­pand­ing that orig­i­nal idea into a fully re­al­ized novel has been an ex­cit­ing chal­lenge.”

Ac­cord­ing to Atria, Penn’s “darkly hu­mor­ous novel tells the pi­caresque story of Bob Honey, a mid­dle-aged, di­vorced, dis­il­lu­sioned man liv­ing in a non­de­script house on a non­de­script street in Wood­view, Cal­i­for­nia. Bob Honey is a man of many trades — sewage spe­cial­ist, pur­veyor of py­rotech­nics, con­tract killer for a mys­te­ri­ous govern­ment agency that pays in small bills.”

The Os­car-win­ning ac­tor had told the au­di­ence gath­ered at the Los An­ge­les mu­seum that he met Pariah at a Key West, Florida, bar in 1979.

He said that his old ac­quain­tance had got­ten back in touch with him and sent a man­u­script.

“I guess it was a con­nec­tion to be­ing 19 years old and wish­ing that I had stayed in touch with this guy,” Penn said on his in­ter­est in the book, which he praised for its pol­i­tics.

“And yet, how con­cern­ing you should be that you agree with a so­ciopath.”

Penn, whose off-screen ad­ven­tures in­clude in­ter­views with Cuban Pres­i­dent Raul Cas­tro and an en­counter with Mex­i­can drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guz­man, is not the first movie star to be­come a fic­tion writer. Oth­ers in­clude Kirk Dou­glas, Gene Hack­man and Sid­ney Poitier.

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