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ISBN13: 9780316159364
ISBN10: 0316159360
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Olivia Hunt's Hollywood life has come to a grinding halt. A hotshot producer accustomed to first-class amenities, Olivia has just been unceremoniously fired after her last movie tanked. Her boyfriend, Michael, has dumped her. And she's not the blonde she used to be: dark roots are coming in at an alarming rate. Her next project is a well-crafted suicide note.

Then she finds out what real trouble is. Olivia's beloved sister, Maddie, is seriously ill. Maddie is living the life Olivia ran like hell from — she's happily married to her high school sweetheart and still living in the small town where they grew up. Stunned and bewildered, Olivia catches the next plane back home.

Maddie's idealism and optimism have always driven Olivia crazy. Even now, when the odds aren't good, Maddie never doubts she'll beat them. But Olivia wonders, is hope just a way of kidding yourself? As if to answer that question, Maddie challenges Olivia to produce her dream film, the impossible-to-make Don Quixote. Olivia's life then becomes a tangle of movie sets, IV drips, and letters to Michael asking him what went wrong and if they might try again. When Maddie takes a turn for the worse, Olivia has to face the hardest choices life can offer. How can one person's heart so truly be in three places at once?

Imbued with all the love one sister can feel for another — and all the frustration too — The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters is heartbreaking and hilarious, somber and delightful, and full of wisdom, joy, and grace. It is a brilliantly written debut about the unlimited possibilities of love and how hope can grow in even the darkest places.

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"[A] wrenching, tragicomic first novel....Moving but never maudlin, this is an accomplished debut." Publishers Weekly

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"It's bright, it's clever, and it's going to be a major hit....Robinson is enormously skilled at pushing the emotional buttons, but an aftertaste of manipulation lingers." Kirkus Reviews

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"[T]here are moments when The Hunt Sisters can feel uncomfortably like a big-screen tear-jerker....But...The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters is finally wryly effective." Emily Nussbaum, The New York Times Book Review

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"[A] moving, engaging debut novel....Sparkling with humor and beauty." Booklist

Synopsis:

An outpouring of cheers, tears, and applause propelled this tender and hilarious first novel onto national bestseller lists immediately upon publication. Telling the story of two sisters-Olivia, a hotshot Hollywood producer whose life is unraveling, and Maddie, an unflaggingly optimistic, seriously ill midwesterner whose idealism has always driven Olivia crazy-The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters offers a startlingly poignant reminder of how hope can grow in even the darkest places.

Synopsis:

Hollywood and leukemia are the two unlikely poles of this wrenching, tragicomic novel now in its third printing. Pouring out her troubles in epistolary form, 34-year-old Olivia Hunt, a struggling film producer, chronicles a year of dizzying highs and devastating lows.

About the Author

Elisabeth Robinson is an independent producer and screenwriter whose film credits include the award-winning films Braveheart and Last Orders. This is her first novel. She lives in New York.

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Robyn Franklyn, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Robyn Franklyn)
This was an excellent book. The way it was written is unique and easy to read. I truly enjoyed it and hope this author will write more books!
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redrockbookworm, July 22, 2008 (view all comments by redrockbookworm)
Two sisters, Maddie seriously ill but optomistic and idealistic, and Olivia driven to succeed, observant, abrasive and attractive. Both of their lives are unraveling in different ways. Their respective stories are told via the letters, faxes and e-mails written by Olivia. Her correspondence is conversational in nature and allows the reader to vicariously experience every aspect of Olivia's life from her Hollywood adventures and misadventures, to her romantic life and above all her love for her sister. It also takes a long hard look at the other three couples in the book. As the title implies, this outstanding novel resonates with truth and hope.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316159364
Author:
Robinson, Elisabeth
Publisher:
Back Bay Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Married women
Subject:
Sisters
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Motion picture industry; Hollywood; Ambition; Desperation; Family relationships; Sisters; Cancer patients; Correspondence; Life changes; Life choices
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20050131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 1 in 0.71 lb

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Product details 352 pages Back Bay Books - English 9780316159364 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A] wrenching, tragicomic first novel....Moving but never maudlin, this is an accomplished debut."
"Review" by , "It's bright, it's clever, and it's going to be a major hit....Robinson is enormously skilled at pushing the emotional buttons, but an aftertaste of manipulation lingers."
"Review" by , "[T]here are moments when The Hunt Sisters can feel uncomfortably like a big-screen tear-jerker....But...The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters is finally wryly effective."
"Review" by , "[A] moving, engaging debut novel....Sparkling with humor and beauty."
"Synopsis" by , An outpouring of cheers, tears, and applause propelled this tender and hilarious first novel onto national bestseller lists immediately upon publication. Telling the story of two sisters-Olivia, a hotshot Hollywood producer whose life is unraveling, and Maddie, an unflaggingly optimistic, seriously ill midwesterner whose idealism has always driven Olivia crazy-The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters offers a startlingly poignant reminder of how hope can grow in even the darkest places.
"Synopsis" by , Hollywood and leukemia are the two unlikely poles of this wrenching, tragicomic novel now in its third printing. Pouring out her troubles in epistolary form, 34-year-old Olivia Hunt, a struggling film producer, chronicles a year of dizzying highs and devastating lows.
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