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Three Girls and Their Brotherby Theresa Rebeck
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As granddaughters of a late, famous literary critic, the beautiful redheaded Heller sisters capture the attention of the New Yorker magazine, which promptly features them in a glamorous spread shot by a world-famous photographer. The fashion world sits up and takes notice, and in no time flat, three nobodies from Brooklyn have been proclaimed the new "It" girls.
But with no parental guidance—Mom is a former beauty queen living vicariously through her daughters, while Dad is nowhere to be found—the three girls find themselves easy prey to the venal forces of show business. Posing in every hot fashion magazine, tangling with snarling fashionistas and soul-sucking agents, hitting A-list parties and skipping school, the sisters' rise to fame begins to unhinge them all. When the youngest—who never really wanted to be a model to begin with—does an off-Broadway play, she ironically begins to outshine the others, creating a vicious rivalry between the girls and prompting a virtual breakdown in their quiet, neglected brother.
As the ruthless paparazzi catch their every controversy, an awful incident with a famous movie star blasts the girls—and their brother—out of the haze of fame, stopping their self-destructive spiral and reinforcing their love for one another.
"Rebeck's engaging tale of the Heller sisters, three young women whose quick rise to superstardom after a New Yorker photo shoot, is a witty, insider look at the world of celebrity. However, narrators Cassandra Campbell and David Drummond butcher the novel with absolutely brutal performances that are at once over-the-top and completely uninspired. Campbell, reading predominantly female roles, is drier than happy hour at the Betty Ford Center. Her characters are flat, one-dimensional, and downright boring; her awful attempt at a British dialect is laughable at best. Drummond's reading is equally as tired and over pronounced; his characters are unbelievable and his voice grates. A disappointment and disservice to Rebeck's dazzling novel. A Shaye Areheart hardcover (Reviews, Dec. 24)." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Three nobodies from Brooklyn are proclaimed the new "It" girls, but with no parental guidance the sisters find themselves easy prey to the venal forces of show business. Not until an awful incident with a famous movie star blasts the girls out of the haze of fame do they stop their self-destructive spiral and reinforce their love for one another.
About the Author
THERESA REBECK's plays include Bad Dates, Omnium Gatherum (a Pulitzer finalist), The Scene, and Mauritius, which won Boston's prestigious IRNE and Elliot Norton Award and premiered on Broadway in 2007. Rebeck has also won the Peabody, the Writer's Guild of America Award for Episodic Drama, the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Award, the National Theatre Conference Award, and the William Inge New Voices Playwriting Award. She holds a Ph.D. from Brandeis University and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.
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