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

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The thing about hitting bottom is that, in the middle of it, sometimes you don't know if you're really hitting bottom or just bouncing off ledges on your way further down. Charlie Teller is a ghostwriter of best-selling celebrity autobiographies, until an affair and a fraud destroy his marriage and career. He's given a rare chance to start over, but just as he begins, Charlie finds himself the only witness to a friend's murder and is drawn into the investigation. Now someone has Charlie in his sights, and Charlie doesn't know if it's Eddie Mahler, a wise-guy police detective, or Vincent, a laconic ex-Special Forces soldier, or Kenny McDonald, a once famous pop singer turned deranged coke dealer. And, as he uncovers the truth of his friend's life, Charlie is brought face to face with his own past, remembered through his association with the subjects of his books: an aging novelist, a rock musician, a film star . . . Set in the towns and back roads of Northern California wine country, Teller is a mystery and a surprising novel about the meaning of memoir and the stories we tell ourselves about who we are.

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EllenSka, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by EllenSka)
This is an intriguing literary mystery novel set in Sonoma County, California. Charlie Teller is a disgraced celebrity biographer, who has either the fortune or misfortune of being credited as a coauthor on the celebrity autobiographies he ghostwrites. But now, unemployed, he has followed his ex-wife and teenaged daughter to Sonoma County, California. As a minor literary celebrity himself, he has entree into certain social circles, and one of them involves a high-spirited businessman who is murdered in the parking lot of a local restaurant.

Filled with well-written (and accurate) descriptions of the wine country and high society, "Teller" is a compelling mystery. What gives it literary distinction is that the author occasionally inserts a detailed summary of one of the celebrity biographies Teller wrote in his better days. These chapters read like mini-novels in themselves and help to illuminate Teller's character and to comment on social ills among (fictional) movie stars, sports figures, and iconic writers. Some readers might be put off when the story stops for these alternate chapters, but I loved them.

The author is working on another novel featuring a minor character from "Teller" -- I'm looking forward to it.
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Weisel, Frederick
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