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Fiction Biographical

Memoirs and Misinformation

A novel

by (author) Jim Carrey & Dana Vachon

Random House of Canada
Initial publish date
Jul 2020
Biographical, Visionary & Metaphysical, Black Humor
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    Jul 2020
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    Jun 2021
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"None of this is real and all of it is true." --Jim Carrey

From movie star Jim Carrey and novelist Dana Vachon, a fearless and semi-autobiographical novel about acting, Hollywood, agents, celebrity, privilege, friendship, romance, addiction to relevance, fear of personal erasure, destruction of persona, our "one big soul," Canada, and apocalypses within and without.

Meet Jim Carrey. Sure, he's an insanely successful and beloved movie star drowning in wealth and privilege--but he's also lonely. Maybe past his prime. Maybe even...getting fat? He's tried diets, gurus, and cuddlin' with his military-grade Israeli guard dogs, but nothing seems to lift the cloud of emptiness and ennui. Even the advice of his best friend, actor and dinosaur skull collector, Nicolas Cage, isn't enough to pull Carrey out of his slump.

Then Jim meets Georgie: ruthless ingénue, love of his life. And thanks to auteur screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, he has a role to play in a boundary-pushing new picture that may help him uncover a whole new side to himself. Finally, his Oscar vehicle! Things are looking up.

But the universe has other plans.

Memoirs and Misinformation is a fearless semi-autobiographical novel, a deconstruction of persona. In it, Jim Carrey and Dana Vachon have fashioned a story about acting, Hollywood, agents, celebrity, privilege, friendship, romance, addiction to relevance, fear of personal erasure, our "one big soul," Canada, and a cataclysmic ending of the world--apocalypses within and without.

About the authors

Contributor Notes

JIM CARREY is an award-winning actor and artist. DANA VACHON is a writer who lives in Brooklyn.

Editorial Reviews


"Memoirs and Misinformation is a deconstruction of the standard-issue show biz chronicle. There aren’t any fun anecdotes about the making of Dumb and Dumber or Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Instead, there is a wholly strange work of autofiction, laden with symbolism and metaphor, sometimes beautiful, sometimes tragic, often inscrutable.” —Los Angeles Times
“I really enjoyed Jim Carrey’s ‘memoir.’ Like Jim, the book is wildly comic, inventive, subversive, and made primarily of compressed paper pulp.” —Conan O’Brien (on Twitter)

“A fantastical and trippy novel that lampoons Hollywood tropes. . . . As chimeric as Carrey’s onscreen persona.” —Hindustan Times (India)
"A satirical adventure in which Carrey plumbs the chasms of Hollywood's self-obsessed culture." —Dave Itzkoff, The New York Times
“A simultaneously baffling and mesmerizing examination of Carrey’s psyche . . . a reimagining of the traditional Hollywood tell-all.” —Thomas Floyd, The Washington Post
"An engaging, fun tale that plays with the public perceptions of celebrities, questions our compulsive need to view, and contains a gloriously off-the-wall conclusion." —Alexander Moran, Booklist
"Not a typical tell-all. . . . blends moving autobiography, name-droppish tabloid fodder, science-fiction, and anti-capitalist screed." —Entertainment Weekly
“A mad fever dream. . . Carrey and his collaborator Vachon pull out all the stops as their protagonist Jim Carrey careens from midlife blues through love and career complications toward the apocalypse . . . gems of comic fantasy and the nuggets of memoir gold.” Kirkus Reviews