You need to watch Gary Shteyngart’s book trailer (video)

James Franco, Rashida Jones, Jonathan Franzen, Alex Karpovsky and more folks show up to tease the writer's forthcoming memoir

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Gary Shteyngart is releasing Little Failure in early January 2014, and he teamed up with a star-studded cast to preview the memoir.

The short book trailer, which premiered on BuzzFeed, shows the satirist dealing with his icy publishers, including one executive played by Rashida Jones. Luckily, he can turn to his doting boyfriend, James Franco, for moral support—until the pink-bathrobe–clad lover reveals he's simultaneously releasing his own tome. Jonathan Franzen, David Ebershoff, Sloane Crosley and Alex Karpovsky (playing a grumpy barista, natch) also make appearances, and you can watch the whole thing below.

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