Arts & Entertainments

Arts & Entertainments

A Novel

Book - 2014
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"Handsome Eddie Hartley was once a golden boy poised for the kind of success promised by good looks and a modicum of talent. Now thirty-three, he has abandoned his dream of an acting career and accepted the reality of life as a drama teacher at the boys' prep school he once attended. But when Eddie and his wife, Susan, discover they cannot have children, it's one disappointment too many. Weighted down with debt, Susan's mounting unhappiness, and his own deepening sense of failure, Eddie is confronted with an alluring solution when an old friend-turned-Web-impresario suggests Eddie sell a sex tape he made with an ex-girlfriend, now a wildly popular television star. In an era when any publicity is good publicity, Eddie imagines that the tape won't cause any harm--a mistake that will have disastrous consequences and propel him straight into the glaring spotlight he once thought he craved. A Hilariously biting and incisive takedown of our culture's monstrous obsession with fame, Arts & Entertainments is also a poignant and humane portrait of a young man's belated coming-of-age, the complications of love, and the surprising ways in which the most meaningful lives often turn out to be the ones we least expected to lead."--Inside of cover.
Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062322463
Characteristics: 272 pages ; 21 cm


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stillkicking Sep 30, 2014

It starts with a gripping, twisting plot that throws Eddie into celebrity culture. I felt that the second half stayed with the plot but the characters lost themselves. Perhaps the author wanted to say something about a shallow world by taking away depth from his characters, but I felt that it backfired...


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