Acclaimed author Valerie Martin returns with a dark comedy about love, sex, an actor's ambition, and the perils of playing a role too well.
In this fictional memoir, Valerie Martin brilliantly re-creates the seamy theater world of 1970s New York, when rents were cheap, love was free, and nudity on stage was the latest craze. Edward Day, a talented and ambitious young actor finds his life forever altered during a weekend party on the Jersey Shore, where he seduces the delicious Madeleine Delavergne and is saved from drowning by the mysterious Guy Margate, a man who bears an eerie physical resemblance to Edward. Forever after, Edward is torn between his desire for Madeleine and his indebtedness to Guy, his rival in love and in art, on stage and off.
From the Hardcover edition.
A chance encounter at a beach party in 1974 marks the genesis of an enduring love triangle between three stage actors in this fictional memoir. As a result of his mother's suicide, Edward Day has some fairly severe psychological issues, though he finds that the pretense of theatrical performance enables him to keep his own problems safely contained. Day is at a party on the shores of New Jersey when he nearly drowns before being rescued by a fellow acting student named Guy Margate, to whom he bears a striking resemblance. In the close-knit world of New York theater, the two men become rivals for roles, and more importantly, for the heart of Madeleine Delavergne, a ravishing actress. All three of the central characters use theater as an escape, but they often find that they are performing as much for each other in their private lives as they do on the stage. Selected by the New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of 2009.
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- July 13, 2010
- July 13, 2010
- Valerie Martin