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As a reporter for New York’s last evening tabloid, Marie Brown writes about the bizarre and the scandalous. But her life is hardly either. She’s too single, too tall, and too pragmatic for anything other than her routine–which consists of going to work and going to the library, where she indulges in her one passion, physics, and in conversations with Marco Trentadue, the strange “freelance intellectual” in blue pajamas. Then the trajectory of her life takes an unexpected turn.

Nora Mars–glamour girl, star of stage and screen–is near death. Marie has worshipped Nora since she was in high school. Naturally she will write Nora’s obit. When Marie meets Nora’s charismatic third ex-husband for an interview, she struggles between a reporter’s integrity and plain old lust. What Marie uncovers is a story of a starlet who took the exigencies of fame into her own hands–and the inspiration to do the same with her own love life.

Interweaving vignettes from Marie?s past, movie lore and lines, and metaphorical physics, Jenny McPhee limns the randomness of everyday life, the conflicting pulls of libido and intellect, and the choices — conscious or not — that shape the search for true love.

Review:

"A jolly read — McPhee's characters are wonderfully weird....Romance mingles with mind-swelling musings on superclusters and string theory....The end equation is an elegant inquiry into the randomness of love and the glory of fate." —Entertainment Weekly

Synopsis:

A JOLLY READ-McPhee's characters are wonderfully weird. . . . Romance mingles with mind-swelling musings on superclusters and string theory. . . . The end equation is an elegant inquiry into the randomness of love and the glory of fate.

-Entertainment Weekly

As a reporter for New York's last evening tabloid, Marie Brown writes about the bizarre and the scandalous. But her life is hardly either. She's too single, too tall, and too pragmatic for anything other than her routine-which consists of going to work and going to the library, where she indulges in her one passion, physics, and in conversations with Marco Trentadue, the strange freelance intellectual in blue pajamas. Then the trajectory of her life takes an unexpected turn.

Nora Mars-glamour girl, star of stage and screen-is near death. Marie has worshipped Nora since she was in high school. Naturally she will write Nora's obit. When Marie meets Nora's charismatic third ex-husband for an interview, she struggles between a reporter's integrity and plain old lust. What Marie uncovers is a story of a starlet who took the exigencies of fame into her own hands-and the inspiration to do the same with her own love life.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780345447654
Author:
McPhee, Jenny
Publisher:
Random House
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Motion picture actors and actresses
Subject:
Quantum Theory
Subject:
New York
Subject:
Intellectuals
Subject:
Women journalists
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st paperback ed.
Edition Description:
1st Ballantine books ed.
Series Volume:
RG 322
Publication Date:
October 1, 2002
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.40x5.48x.65 in. .47 lbs.

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Product details 272 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345447654 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A jolly read — McPhee's characters are wonderfully weird....Romance mingles with mind-swelling musings on superclusters and string theory....The end equation is an elegant inquiry into the randomness of love and the glory of fate." —
"Synopsis" by , A JOLLY READ-McPhee's characters are wonderfully weird. . . . Romance mingles with mind-swelling musings on superclusters and string theory. . . . The end equation is an elegant inquiry into the randomness of love and the glory of fate.

-Entertainment Weekly

As a reporter for New York's last evening tabloid, Marie Brown writes about the bizarre and the scandalous. But her life is hardly either. She's too single, too tall, and too pragmatic for anything other than her routine-which consists of going to work and going to the library, where she indulges in her one passion, physics, and in conversations with Marco Trentadue, the strange freelance intellectual in blue pajamas. Then the trajectory of her life takes an unexpected turn.

Nora Mars-glamour girl, star of stage and screen-is near death. Marie has worshipped Nora since she was in high school. Naturally she will write Nora's obit. When Marie meets Nora's charismatic third ex-husband for an interview, she struggles between a reporter's integrity and plain old lust. What Marie uncovers is a story of a starlet who took the exigencies of fame into her own hands-and the inspiration to do the same with her own love life.

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