Saturday, June 21, 2008

Books: Three Girls and Their Brother by Theresa Rebeck

I just read a fantastic novel, Three Girls and Their Brother, the first novel written by Theresa Rebeck, a TV and play writer who has won an Edgar and a Peabody award. It's about the four grandchildren of fitional literary critic legend Leo Heller: Daria, Polly, Philip, and Amelia Heller. The three girls are gorgeous, and after a photo spread in the New Yorker, they are launched head-first into the fame game, "helped" along by their clueless mother and questionable publicist. There are four parts, each written in the point of view of one of the siblings, and though they demonize each other individually, the reader realizes each is a whole, multi-dimensional character. It was amusing and slightly sad to find that the children are more fame-weary and cautious than the adults that surrounded them. Three Girls and Their Brother was a great read that had me questionaing whether fame is what it's all cracked up to be.

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