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Growing up on the Scottish island of Bute, Maria Tambini is a young girl with dreams of escape from her Italian immigrant family. When her amazing voice wins her a talent show at the tender age of thirteen, she is whisked off to London and instant stardom in the entertainment industry.

But even as Maria is celebrating her greatest success, she is waging a hidden battle against her own body, and becoming in the process a living exhibit in the modern drama of celebrity. Can she be saved by love? Or will she be consumed by an obsessive celebrity culture, family lies, and by her number-one fan?

Based closely on the life story of a famous singer, this stunning novel is at once a rich portrait of an immigrant community and a tragic tale of the hidden costs of celebrity.

Review:

"The language is lovely, particularly in the sections narrated by Maria's friends and family on Bute. These passages are elegiac, sepia-toned, in Scottish cadence, adorned with memories of Italian tenors and eras gone by....This ornate panorama of the little people and their little, private moments gives Personality its generous heart. It is a book less about an individual than the hopes and dreams that the public allows a personality to stand for." Anna Godbersen, Esquire (read the entire Esquire review)

Review:

"Brilliant novel, magically contemporary in landscape, dialogue and incident, all unfolding with the creative richness of the great 19th-century fictions." Elizabeth Hardwick

Review:

"An enormously impressive, frequently curious and consistently ambitious novel." Alex Clark, Sunday Times, London

Review:

"Told in peerless prose, it is utterly compelling...thrillingly multifaceted." Jackie McGlone, Scotland on Sunday

Synopsis:

Growing up on the Scottish island of Bute, Maria Tambini is a young girl with dreams of escape from her Italian immigrant family. When her amazing voice wins her a talent show at the tender age of thirteen, she is whisked off to London and instant stardom in the entertainment industry. But even as Maria is celebrating her greatest success, she is waging a hidden battle against her own body, and becoming in the process a living exhibit in the modern drama of celebrity. Can she be saved by love? Or will she be consumed by an obsessive celebrity culture, family lies, and by her number-one fan? Based closely on the life story of a famous singer, this stunning novel is at once a rich portrait of an immigrant community and a tragic tale of the hidden costs of celebrity.

About the Author

Born in Glasgow, Andrew O'Hagan is the widely celebrated author of The Missing and Our Fathers, which was short-listed for the Booker Prize in 1999. He lives in London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780151010004
Author:
O'Hagan, Andrew
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Location:
Orlando
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
London
Subject:
Celebrities
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Fans
Subject:
Italians
Subject:
Women singers
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Bute Island
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Bute, Island of
Edition Number:
1st U.S. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
1670
Publication Date:
20030801
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in

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Product details 320 pages Harcourt - English 9780151010004 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The language is lovely, particularly in the sections narrated by Maria's friends and family on Bute. These passages are elegiac, sepia-toned, in Scottish cadence, adorned with memories of Italian tenors and eras gone by....This ornate panorama of the little people and their little, private moments gives Personality its generous heart. It is a book less about an individual than the hopes and dreams that the public allows a personality to stand for." (read the entire Esquire review)
"Review" by , "Brilliant novel, magically contemporary in landscape, dialogue and incident, all unfolding with the creative richness of the great 19th-century fictions."
"Review" by , "An enormously impressive, frequently curious and consistently ambitious novel." Alex Clark, Sunday Times, London
"Review" by , "Told in peerless prose, it is utterly compelling...thrillingly multifaceted." Jackie McGlone, Scotland on Sunday
"Synopsis" by , Growing up on the Scottish island of Bute, Maria Tambini is a young girl with dreams of escape from her Italian immigrant family. When her amazing voice wins her a talent show at the tender age of thirteen, she is whisked off to London and instant stardom in the entertainment industry. But even as Maria is celebrating her greatest success, she is waging a hidden battle against her own body, and becoming in the process a living exhibit in the modern drama of celebrity. Can she be saved by love? Or will she be consumed by an obsessive celebrity culture, family lies, and by her number-one fan? Based closely on the life story of a famous singer, this stunning novel is at once a rich portrait of an immigrant community and a tragic tale of the hidden costs of celebrity.
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