You or Someone Like You

You or Someone Like You

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Book - 2009
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"Chandler Burr's challenging first novel is many things: a glimpse into Hollywood culture, an argument about religious identity, a plea for the necessity of literature. This is a roman that needs no clefs." --Washington Post

New York Magazine calls You or Someone Like You, "The highbrow humanist name-dropping book of the summer." The remarkable first novel by Chandler Burr, the New York Times scent critic and author of The Perfect Scent, is funny, smart, and provocative--an extraordinarily ambitious work of fiction that succeeds on many different levels. It is a book David Ebershoff, (author of The 19th Wife) enthusiastically recommends "for anyone who defiantly clings to the belief that a book can change our lives."

Published: New York, NY : Ecco Press, c2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780061715655
0061715654
Branch Call Number: F BUR
Characteristics: x, 319 p. ;,24 cm.

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Dec 29, 2012

This is one out of the box!
An absolutely fascinating book requiring close attention from the reader. It tells the story of a couple, whose marriage was one of true minds until the husband, Howard, gets drawn back into his fundamentalist Jewish heritage after years of liberalism, when his son spends some time in Israel. His quiet, non-Jewish wife Anne finds herself leading a book discussion group which becomes highly popular with film directors, producers, screenwriters etc. As her marriage falls apart Anne draws on literature to address issues involved in the conflict between her and her husband. Nothing is private in Hollywood and Howard is kept up to date with what goes on in the group.
All kinds of issues, attitudes, philosophies are touched on though without detracting from the movement of the plot.
Has a very satisfying ending.

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