Synopses & Reviews
A glorious new novel from the Pulitzer Prize-winner about ten transformative and unforgettable days in the Hollywood hills.
It is the morning after the Academy Awards. Max - an Oscar winning writer/director whose fame has waned - and his lover, Elena, are in bed, still bleary-eyed from last nightâ€™s festivities. They are talking about movies, talking about love, and talking about the war in Iraq which has recently begun. But their house is full of guests who demand attention. There is Maxâ€™s ex-wife Zoe, a dazzling and glamorous half-Jamaican movie star; their strong-willed daughter Isabel; Paul, Zoeâ€™s new lover, an enigmatic healer; Maxâ€™s too easy-going agent, Stoney and a coterie of others. Over the course of the next ten life-changing days, they share their stories of Hollywood, past and present; they watch films in Maxâ€™s screening room; they gossip by the swimming pool; and they have sex in the many bedrooms. The tension mounts and the sparks fly as Smiley delivers an exquisitely woven, virtuosic journey towards possible redemption.
An unputdownable tale of love and war, sex and politics, friendship and betrayal, and the allure of the movies, Ten Days in the Hills is a wonderfully imagined novel by one of Americaâ€™s most talented and important fiction writers.