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Celebrities in Disgrace: A Novella and Stories

Searle, Elizabeth

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ISBN 10: 1555973248 / ISBN 13: 9781555973247
Published by Graywolf Press, Saint Paul, Minnesota, 2001
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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First Graywolf printing 2001, stated; first printing, full number line. Signed by the author above her byline on the title page: "Elizabeth Searle." A red horizontal checkmark to top of front endpaper, and a red remainder on the bottom page edge, else unmarked; spine cocked but uncreased; front wrap edgeworn and corner-creased. Mylar protected. Bookseller Inventory # 005219

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Title: Celebrities in Disgrace: A Novella and ...

Publisher: Graywolf Press, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition

Book Type: Remainder

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Inspired by a society obsessed with celebrities, Searle explores the glittery-dark underworld of 'hopefuls,' those who have been given the slightest hint of success--or even imagined success--and who are hungry for an audience, of any size. Ranging from a woman's relentless pursuit to be an actress despite her tendency to faint onstage, to a disintegrating family who comes together if only to watch the imaginary lives in a soap opera, the stories in Celebrities in Disgrace capture the thrill and lure of fame and our insatiable need for it.

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"These stories come to us wrapped in narrative forms that simply obey no rules but their own: a single glance exploding fractally into many lives. Kids, do not try this at home."--Christopher Tilghman

Inspired by a society obsessed with celebrities, Searle explores the glittery-dark underworld of 'hopefuls,' those who have been given the slightest hint of success--or even imagined success--and who are hungry for an audience, of any size. Ranging from a woman's relentless pursuit to be an actress despite her tendency to faint onstage, to a disintegrating family who comes together if only to watch the imaginary lives in a soap opera, these stories capture the thrill and lure of fame and our insatiable need for it.

"How well Elizabeth Searle knows her vivid characters and how cunningly she depicts their weird and wonderful lives. Celebrities in Disgrace is a sparkling collection by a writer with a unique and an utterly contemporary sensibility."--Margot Livesey

Praise for her novel, A Four-Sided Bed:

"In clipped, poetic language, Searle skillfully unwinds a psychosexual narrative."--New York Times Book Review

"Her elegant prose and anythingbut-PC gender play are pleasing to the mind and to the loins."--Boston Phoenix

"Bending gender and conventional notions about love and marriage, Searle's bold, beautiful book reaches right past the sensationalism of a love triangle to offer us an intense and moving portrait of the different ways people can connect."--Booklist

"A powerful, unsettling first novel. . . . A bright, distinctive, haunting debut."--Kirkus Reviews

Elizabeth Searle is the author of the highly acclaimed novel, A Four-Sided Bed, and My Body to You, a collection of short stories that won the Iowa Short Fiction Prize. She lives in Arlington, MA.

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