Title: The Hottest State: A Novel
Publisher: Vintage, NewYork, NY.
Publication Date: 1997
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: Near Fine
Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st Edition
*Inscribed by Author on half-title page. * First Printing (full#line)* A light crease on front wrap keeps this from being a fine copy. "Ethan Hawke is best known for his starring roles in the motion pictures 'Dead Poets Society,' Reality Bites,' and 'Before Sunrise.' He is the co-founder and artistic director of the Malaparte Theater Company, based in New York City, which produces new plays by young playwrights." -- from inside on half-title page. Bookseller Inventory # 000862
Synopsis: When William meets Sarah at a bar appropriately called the Bitter End, he is a few months short of his twenty-first birthday and about to act in his first movie. He is so used to getting what he wants that he has never been able to care too deeply for anyone. But all of that is about to change. And it is Sarah--bold and shy, seductive and skittish--who will become William's undoing and his salvation.
William's affair with Sarah will take him from a tenement on the Lower East Side to a hotel room in Paris, from a flip proposal of marriage to the extremities of outraged need and the wisdom that comes only to true survivors. Anyone who reads The Hottest State will encounter a writer who can charm, dazzle, and break the heart in a single paragraph.
Review: Yes, it's "that" Ethan Hawke. Ethan Hawke the actor. In this slim debut novel, he tells a coming-of-age tale of a fairly unpleasant young actor from Texas named William who lives in Manhattan and is working his way through an ugly little relationship with a singer/songwriter named Sarah. William's parents married young and split up early and he's not too happy with the world at large. Sarah can't quite make heads or tails of her mother. The pair has sex in the bathroom and talks quite a bit about their relationship. It all has a certain ring of truth, but at this point it's probably safe to say that Hawke's movie agent will probably make a better living off the young actor/writer than Hawke's literary agent.
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