An insightful story examines how Wilhelmina "Billy" Gertz comes to write a play about the terrorist bombing of a train, how the work is then created anew by the actors and the director and how the performance itself touches and changes the other characters' lives. By the best-selling author of
Sue Miller (THE SENATOR'S WIFE) uses a bit of drama to address the lingering ache attached to the most seminal event of the 21st century, with this complex and profound story of Billy Getz, a playwright who uses her latest stage creation to try to exorcise the guilt she still feels surrounding the death of Gus, her former lover, whose plane crashed into the World Trade Center on 9/11. Billy's play, "The Lake Shore Limited," about a man who waits to hear if his wife has perished in a Chicago bombing, contains enough angst and ambiguity to make Gus's sister Leslie believe that perhaps Billy and Gus's relationship was not as ideal as she remembers, a revelation which threatens the peace she's finally found in regards to her beloved brother's demise. In another plot line, Rafe, the lead actor in the play, resurrects his career with a riveting performance which is founded on his own shame in having cheated on his wife while she is stricken with a terminal illness. Miller is certainly not shy about investigating ideas and emotions which most of us keep comfortably hidden, as she vividly illuminates the pinnacles and zeniths of love and its many opposites.
- Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
- General, Types of Characters, War + Military, Family + Friendship, Arts + Entertainment, Love + Relationships + Sex, Human Qualities + Behavior
- April 6, 2010
- April 6, 2010
- Sue Miller
- Sue Miller (Narrator)