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The Book of the Film of the Story of My Life: A Novelby William Brandt
Synopses & Reviews
Once Frederick Case passionately believed he could change the world. Sometime later, he decided to put up with it. Today, on his forty-second birthday, this New Zealander realizes he can't do either, and now it's the world's turn. And it isn't being kind.
Frederick is a struggling film producer who is losing his hair and tempted to accept money from his rich parents. He reads tons of lousy scripts and bemoans the loss of his wife, Sophie, to her hunky costar-the one who, with Sophie, made history with the first oral sex scene ever performed in a major motion picture. Now fortune strikes Frederick with an invitation to an exclusive island. With a gorgeous date — a vulnerable young hooker named Melissa — and Sophie and her lover among the guests (surprise!), he'll finally learn the answers to life's burning questions: Are people really who we think they are? Is real love as predictable as the movies? And can we really go home again?
"Fredrick Case, a 42-year-old would-be film producer, wastes his days screening rotten scripts ('thou art passing spunky in those tight's' [sic] reads one particularly egregious bit of dialogue) for a London production company. A charming loafer, he's used to sponging off his parents back home in New Zealand and basking in the attentions of his beautiful wife, the up-and-coming actress Sophie Carlisle. Too bad Mom isn't gonna send money anymore and Sophie's just left him for her dashing co-star, Matt Chalmers. It's time to take control! Which Frederick does with lovable buffoonery, as he plans to pursue Sophie to her rich friend's birthday celebration held on the volcanic island of Makulalanana. He knows from a fan Web site that Sophie is pregnant — and so the plot thickens. But what will the genre of this tale be? Frederick is crossing his fingers for romantic comedy. Amid a celebratory weekend planned by the friendly folks at Ecstatic Experiences Ltd., Frederick, aided by a delightful prostitute and new friend, Melissa, tries to win Sophie back and determine the paternity of her unborn child. Punctuated by excerpts from brilliantly bad screenplays and crackling dialogue, Frederick's comic adventures make a sophisticated light read for the cold heart of winter. Agent, Dan Mandel. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"[An] agreeably oddball first novel....A charmer. Let's hope they make a movie of it." Kirkus Reviews
"Exuberant, witty, and uproariously funny...a high-velocity ride through the mystery and heartbreak that is the modern love story." Adam Davies, author of The Frog King
"Funny and moving...Brandt's novel is wise, knowing, and absolutely irresistible." Caroline Leavitt, author of Girls in Trouble
"Sweet, funny, and cinematic. Brandt's wild novel is about the hilarious and complicated business of accepting ourselves, the confusion and joy brought on by passion, and the frustrations of coming from New Zealand. A tour de force." Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of She's Not There and Getting In
Originally published in New Zealand and in the UK, Brandt's hilarious first novel about life, love, and the film business delves into the mind and mystery of the modern adult male.
About the Author
Born in London and raised in New Zealand, William Brandt is the handsome, charismatic writer and actor best known for his role in the 1991 film An Angel at my Table. In 1999, his collection of short stories, Alpha Male (Paul & Co., 1999), won the Montana NZ Book Award for the Best First Book of Fiction.
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