You or Someone Like You

You or Someone Like You

A Novel

Book - 2009
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Living a quiet life as the wife of a Hollywood producer, Anne Rosenbaum finds herself running an exclusive book club for some of the motion picture industry's elite as she tries to save her marriage after her husband has a crisis of faith and turns back to Jewish Orthodoxy.

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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.”



Blackwell North Amer
Anne Rosenbaum leads a life of quiet Los Angeles privilege, the wife of Hollywood executive Howard Rosenbaum and mother of their seventeen-year-old son, Sam. Years ago Anne and Howard met studying literature at Columbia - she, the daughter of a British diplomat from London, he a boy from an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn. Now on sleek blue California evenings, Anne attends halogen-lit movie premieres on the arm of her powerful husband. But her private life is lived in the world of her garden, reading books.
When one of Howard's friends, the head of a studio, asks Anne to make a reading list, she casually agrees - though, as a director reminds her, "no one reads in Hollywood." To her surprise, they begin calling: screenwriters; producers, from their bungalows; and agents, from their plush offices on Wilshire and Beverly. Soon Anne finds herself leading an exclusive book club for the industry elite. Emerging gradually from her seclusion, she guides her readers into the ideas and beauties of Donne, Yeats, Auden, and Mamet, with her brilliant and increasingly bold opinions. But when a crisis of identity unexpectedly turns an anguished Howard back toward the Orthodoxy he left behind as a young man, Anne must set out to save what she values above all else: her husband's love.

Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco Press, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061715655
0061715654
Branch Call Number: FICTION BURR
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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