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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



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Publisher Comments:

The Los Angeles Dana Spiotta evokes in her bold and strangely lyrical first novel is a land of Spirit Gyms and Miracle Miles, a great centerless place where chains of reference get lost, or finally don't matter.

Mina lives with her screenwriter husband and works at her best friend Lorene's highly successful concept restaurants, which exploit the often unconscious desires and idiosyncrasies of a rich, chic clientele. Almost inadvertently, Mina has acquired two lovers. And then there are the other men in her life: her father, a washed-up Hollywood director living in a yurt and hiding from his debtors, and her disturbed brother, Michael, whose attempts to connect with her force Mina to consider that she might still have a heart — if only she could remember where she had left it.

Between her Spiritual Exfoliation and Detoxification therapies and her elaborate devotion to style, Lorene is interested only in charting her own perfection and impending decay. Although supremely confident in a million shallow ways, she, too, starts to fray at the edges.

And there is Lisa, a loving mother who cleans houses, scrapes by, and dreams of food terrorists and child abductors, until even the most innocent events seem to hint at dark possibilities.

Lightning Field explores the language tics of our culture — the consumerist fetishes, the self-obsession and the þeeting possibility that you just might have gotten it all badly wrong. In funny, cutting, unsentimental prose, Spiotta exposes the contradictions of contemporary lives in which "identity is a collection of references." She writes about overcoming not just despair but ambivalence.

Playful and dire, raw and poetic, Lightning Field introduces a startling new voice in American fiction.

Synopsis:

Married to a failing screenwriter, Mina works at her friend's successful concept restaurants and juggles two lovers. Capturing the contradictions and ambivalence of life in Hollywood, Spiotta presents a bitingly funny portrait of a society shaped by consumerist fetishes and self-obsession.

About the Author

Dana Spiotta is the author of Lightning Field, a New York Times Notable Book, and Eat the Document, a finalist for the National Book Award. She lives in Syracuse, New York, with her husband and daughter.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743223751
Author:
Spiotta, Dana
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Humor : General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st paperback ed.
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
August 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in 6.58 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Married to a failing screenwriter, Mina works at her friend's successful concept restaurants and juggles two lovers. Capturing the contradictions and ambivalence of life in Hollywood, Spiotta presents a bitingly funny portrait of a society shaped by consumerist fetishes and self-obsession.
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