By Elizabeth Brundage
By the acclaimed novelist of All issues stop to Appear
“An extreme, provocative thriller.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Hedda Chase is a top-flight government manufacturer at Gladiator movies, fast-tracked within the company because she graduated from Yale. An competitive businesswoman, she lately pulled the plug on a movie venture initiated by way of certainly one of her predecessors. The screenwriter at the undertaking used to be Hugh Waters, a wannabe with a dead-end marriage and an afternoon activity at an assurance corporation. This script was once his price ticket out-until Hedda tampered together with his plans, claiming his violence was once excessive, his premise now not credible, and his finishing unbelievable. Hugh makes a decision to end up another way via staging his script’s finishing and casting Hedda Chase because the sufferer. He flies to la and reveals Hedda, kidnaps her, and locks her within the trunk of her classic BMW within the parking zone at LAX. He leaves the keys within the ignition, the parking price ticket at the sprint, and we could “destiny” take its course.
This is the set-up for a troubling, shrewdpermanent, lethal examine girls and photographs of girls, at media as a high-stakes online game and the marketing of a conflict as theatre. Brundage’s l. a. is an off-the-cuff battleground that trades carelessly in lives and desires. As consistently, her characters are advanced, astounding, and severe during this excessive pace, provocative novel.
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Extra resources for A Stranger Like You
The truth was he didn’t have a clue. Instead of prolonging the conversation he leaned over and kissed her. He pushed his tongue deep into her mouth as if the words he needed to answer the question might be inside of it somewhere, waiting for him to fish them out. 3 Back in his motel room, he lay on the bed watching TV with the sound turned off, drinking warm whiskey. The bedspread was gold and shiny, with a design that reminded him of something you’d find under a microscope. It frightened him to think that bugs might crawl on him while he slept.
You have few real friends. Your success has created a certain dynamic in your relationships and everything that comes your way is contingent upon something else—you carry other people’s destinies around in your pockets like loose change. You think of yourself as a kind of emperor. They would tell you anything if they thought it might get them a deal, and you have witnessed the continual mental jostling that occurs every time you meet with somebody, you can see it in their eyes as they attempt to calculate what you want to hear, what need they might fill, and how, ultimately, you can benefit their career.
When he came out he was holding something—an empty soap dish. His face was pale, and his hand trembled slightly. “May it please the court,” he said gravely, presenting the empty soap dish to an imaginary jury. “Apart from me, she has one single obsession: her skin. ” It wasn’t there because Hugh had thrown it into her bag, attempting to produce, in the minds of the police, the possibility that she had left on her own accord. “Look,” Hugh said, scrambling for some clarity. ” Saying his new friend’s name aloud made him feel important.
A Stranger Like You by Elizabeth Brundage