By Elizabeth Brundage
By the acclaimed novelist of All issues stop to Appear
“An severe, provocative thriller.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Hedda Chase is a top-flight govt manufacturer at Gladiator movies, fast-tracked within the company given that she graduated from Yale. An competitive businesswoman, she lately pulled the plug on a movie undertaking initiated by means of certainly one of her predecessors. The screenwriter at the venture used to be Hugh Waters, a wannabe with a dead-end marriage and an afternoon task at an coverage corporation. This script was once his price tag out-until Hedda tampered along with his plans, claiming his violence was once excessive, his premise no longer credible, and his finishing improbable. Hugh makes a decision to turn out in a different way by means of staging his script’s finishing and casting Hedda Chase because the sufferer. He flies to l. a. and unearths Hedda, kidnaps her, and locks her within the trunk of her classic BMW within the parking zone at LAX. He leaves the keys within the ignition, the parking price ticket at the sprint, and shall we “destiny” take its course.
This is the set-up for a troubling, shrewdpermanent, lethal examine ladies and photographs of ladies, at media as a high-stakes video game and the marketing of a warfare as theatre. Brundage’s l. a. is an informal battleground that trades carelessly in lives and desires. As regularly, her characters are advanced, spectacular, and severe during this excessive speed, provocative novel.
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It wasn’t fair. It wasn’t fair some of the things you had to deal with in life, things you didn’t ask for. Through the open window, he could hear people on the street, a drunken crowd outside of a bar. A car alarm went off. He got out of bed to have a look. The men outside the bar had begun to fight, one man shoving the other against the car. A helicopter erupted overhead and they scattered. Another man came out of the bar to check his car and silenced the alarm. He stood there, cursing, looking left and right, then spit into the gutter and went back inside.
Something beyond what we can imagine. ” “Like God,” you say. “Or heaven,” he says. ” You think about it for a moment. “Yes,” you say finally. ” He reaches out for your hand. ” You give him your hand. “You are very warm,” he says, giving it back. ” He smiles meaningfully. “Ella no quiere escuchar un sermón, viejo,” Flora scolds. ” “Pero ella se ve muy triste,” he says to the woman. ” You don’t know what they’re talking about and you don’t mind not knowing. It’s pleasant to be sitting in such a grand room, drinking tea, and you like the sound of the Spanish, a beautiful language.
The old man sips his tea then asks what you do for a living. “I’m in the film business. ” “Ah,” he laughs. ” You shake your head. ” The man looks at you curiously. ” “But this isn’t really true, what you say about not caring. I can see many qualities in you and apathy is not one of them. I know about making impressions on people. ” He digs around in his pockets and produces two fat little parakeets, one in each hand. He lets them go and they fly around the room. “A magician,” you say, laughing.
A Stranger Like You by Elizabeth Brundage