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Little Stalkerby Jennifer Belle
Synopses & Reviews
The "offbeat, surprisingly sweet...and undeniably twisted" (Boston Globe) new comic novel by the bestselling author of High Maintenance.
Rebekah Kettle is obsessed. Not with her quirky, adoring paparazzo boyfriend or the gossip columnist who wants to be her new best friend, but with someone she's never even metcult filmmaker Arthur Weeman. But when the window of an Upper East Side apartment provides her with a scandalous view into Weeman's life, Rebekah has to decide: does she give her new love the scoop of a lifetimea photo of the compromised Weemanor does she remain loyal to the man whose films have defined her life? Bold, daring, and deliciously twisted, Little Stalker is a hilarious story of voyeurism, obsession, and relationshipsboth real and imaginary.
"At age 33, in search of a man, a second novel and a life, Manhattan writer Rebekah Kettle occupies the singleton's circle of hell. Having defaulted on her book contract, she's reduced to working as a physician's assistant for her eccentric dad, her only meaningful relationship with a senile old woman with whom she wallows in Little House on the Prairie reruns. And she's plagued by a bitchy, big-breasted gossip columnist who wants her to blurb her book. One bright spot: her brain tumor isn't fatal. The unlikely catalyst for Rebekah's recovery is her obsession with Woody Allenesque director Arthur Weeman. She begins dating a sympatico young Weeman look-alike and rekindles her creative spark by writing the filmmaker flirty letters in the voice of a 12-year-old girl. When she spies Weeman in a compromising position, she reexamines her own romantic history with much older men, beginning with her middle-school defloration and subsequent abortion. Belle (High Maintenance; Going Down) sometimes loses the story amid a swirl of wisecracking, madcap moments, and the tone she uses on her more intense psychosexual material doesn't always work. Still, she's in fine form, and her sensibility sparkles with offbeat humor. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Twisted and tender." Cosmopolitan
"[A] 'light-hearted romp through New York' [is] precisely what Belle delivers. That it comes with a skewering as well makes it just that much more fun." New York Daily News
"[C]lever and topical....Ostensibly about writer's block, Belle's plot unfurls as an inquiry into the relationship between books and movies or, perhaps, between literature and cinema." Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Deliciously sardonic." Hartford Courant
"In eccentric Rebekah, Belle has created another unforgettable narrator — funny, self-absorbed, a little damaged — and never predictable. Darkly comic journey touching on love, art and the nature of obsession." Kirkus Reviews
"Using a pedophilia plot in fluffy chick lit is brave, though several of Little Stalker's characters (a testy gossip columnist) and scenarios (Rebekah's doctor dad is hiding an office affair) are so clichéd they barely register. (Grade: B)" Entertainment Weekly
"Belle has moments of comic inspiration...but they aren't enough to sustain this predictable addition to a chick-lit field already well populated with comely heroines and clever quips. Still, for those addicted to the genre, it will provide the necessary fix." Booklist
In the tradition of Tom Perrotta, an offbeat and hilarious story of voyeurism, obsession, and relationships-both real and imaginary-from the bestselling author of High Maintenance and Going Down.
Rebekah Kettle is obsessed. Not with her quirky, adoring paparazzo boyfriend or the gossip columnist who wants to be her new best friend, but with someone shes never even met—cult filmmaker Arthur Weeman. But when the window of an Upper East Side apartment provides her with a scandalous view into Weemans life, Rebekah has to decide: does she give her new love the scoop of a lifetime—a photo of the compromised Weeman—or does she remain loyal to the man whose films have defined her life? Bold, daring, and deliciously twisted, Little Stalker is a hilarious story of voyeurism, obsession, and relationships—both real and
About the Author
Jennifer Belle is the national bestselling author of Going Down, High Maintenance, and the children's book Animal Stackers. Her work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the New York Observer, Harper's Bazaar, and Ms.
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