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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  552 ratings  ·  31 reviews
A Fierce and Hysterical Tale
Of Self-Destruction On
The Road to Being Discovered

Hannah is a struggling actress living in New York's Tribeca, and like any young thesp she is bent on success: finding paying jobs that offer good material, not just mindless roles for eager and nubile bodies. When she comes across a lost play by a dead 1980s icon -- brilliantly written, with the
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 28th 2004 by Harper Perennial
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It's 2001 and Hannah is a paycheck-to-paycheck actress, disrobing and gyrating, pressing the flesh at parties, in a relationship with her college theater professor Christy, and looking for a break. She's at a party she shouldn't be at when she overhears a former classmate, Bree, talking on his cell phone: He has unearthed a copy of a lost play written by the infamous and recently deceased Lilly Bull, a woman who's life included a prostitution phase and that time she killed a downtown street musi ...more
Annie Stephens
this book made me sad because i found it was not as good as nersesian's other stories. but then again, my mother was dying at the time. but mostly the book was just fluffy. (sorry, arthur.)
To borrow from a friend, I'd only recommend reading this in shark infested waters (in hopes of a quick death).
"This is a very beautiful and true-to-heart novel about theater in the wake of 9/11. I also found this novel to be really respectable towards the events by not overglamorizing or making it such a tragedy as it truly was but being understandable towards the event as if a person who was there. Nersesian himself is an author so he most likely had a personal experience when the towers fell himself.

The story talks about Hannah, a struggling actress living in New York's Tribeca, and she is doing her b
Ann M
Final rating, two stars. I decided to skim to the end, realized the only reason I was reading at all was that it was set in NYC, some places I remembered from when I lived there, like the old Truck and Warehouse theater. Wasn't enough ultimately to keep my interest. Too much irrelevant detail, not particularly witty -- compare this to The Diviners, which is about indie film, rather than off-off theater.

Don't know about this book -- I'm halfway through and the voice of the main character is not c
Chelsea Kelleher
so far im really liking this book. for reasons i will give now, number one, its about an actress trying to make it in the only profession that makes her truly happy which i can fully and honestly relate to being an actual actress doing the exact same thing. number two, i absolutely adore how Nersesian writes his females. its astonishing how well he does it, this is a very rare feat in literature. and number three, the way he paints the east coast and all the struggles surrounding the city during ...more
My favorite thing about Nersesian's contemporary female protagonist? She thinks like a man. She talks like a man. And she acts like a man. She might make some extremely stupid moves (like all of us) in her early 20s, but she accepts them fully and works through the consequences. I can't say how much I can appreciate a female protagonist who truly stands alone in a novel, written without a focus on romantic entanglements, without a search for acceptance from her peers, and with a sheer will and d ...more
Another great read by a great writer. I'm a huge fan of his work. I didn't care for the bizarro surrealism of Swing Voter trilogy partially because the author so excells at brutal dirty reality it seemed like a waste to abandon it, but no one quite captures the well intentioned but misguided, artistically inclined near failures and various f*ck ups struggling to make it in the city where dreams come to crash and burn like Arthur Nersesian. Nersesian's often well intentioned but deeply flawed cha ...more
Nersesian has written a number of subtle and evocative novels, Manhattan Loverboy the best among them, but he panders as never before in this abomination of a novel. It matters little that the plot boils and compels one to keep moving forward and that the book seems to serves as his elegy for New Yorkers in the wake of 9/11, because the characters are paper thin, the writing is astonishingly bad, and he insults the reader at every turn by stating the obvious and offering no insight. One can't he ...more
Nersesian did a great job conveying a woman's struggle to regain normalcy while adjusting to the tradegy of her own experience of the collapse of the World Trade Centers. What I liked most about this book was that even though there were a lot of royal screw-ups, the protagonist doesn't evade the responsibility of her own actions and does her best to correct her mistakes and correct her wrongs that she did to her friends. Overrall I thought the book was very engaging due to the ability that I fel ...more
Peter Castillo
Ok - this book recieved mixed reviews, but I enjoyed it. It's another tale of a young struggling writer/actress living in New York City. Her life isn't moving as quickly as she had hoped, and then it all changed when she witnesses 9/11. One of the hardest things a writer can do is make the lead character believable - if that person's gender is not that of the writer. And, I feel that Nersesian did an excellent job in doing so. I think it's an endearing, sexy, and witty portrayal of the lives of ...more
Sounds painful, and it can be when you're a young actress whose trying to set
up a shot for herself off Broadway. Nersesian paints such charming and
likable hustlers. They aren't exactly criminals or saints, just opportunists who
are looking for that lucky break. The poignancy of Nersesian's prose throws a
sympathetic glaze over his protagonists who are trying desperately to do the
right thing in a world where nice guys finish last.
I had to give up on this book.

In this book Nersesian writes from a female point of view and I'm not sure he can pull it off. This book rambles on and on without any substance and it wasn't funny or brilliant.

I really liked The Fuck Up...and I tolerated Dog Run (also from a female p.o.v.), but this one is in a league all its own and the shear length of it made me feel like it would never end.
Laurie B-W
I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone I know. The setting was interesting, but the writing was so-so. Also, the version I read had so missing mistakes (missing words, additional words) that it was distracting. Writing this now, one might wonder why I finished this book. It was quick to read, and I did want to see what finally happened. Thus, two stars instead of one.
Alexandre Bessy
An easy to read book. You finish it because you started it but trough its events it more "ah ok..." reaction than any excitement on what could be coming next. For me it was missing a Big something to catch me as a reader. Having read it know I would not have read it if I had known before...
Not a bad read at all for someone who isn't that into plays and broadway. I didn't find myself getting bored as I was reading this. A great eye opener for someone who wants to be an actress.
Christopher Rex
Great for those in the world of theater. Good for the rest of us. Ever come across a bunch of wanna-be actors and wonder what their deal is? Randall Connoly loved it...'nuff said.
Didn't even remember I'd read this book if that tells you anything... remember it being fine but only a year later I didn't even recognize the name.
bought it because there was sale on the bookstore near my uni.
they said its a dark comedy novel.
hope it will be good.
super entertaining. some parts reminded me of a durang play because what was happening was so absurd. great quick read.
unexpected....but good. the detail given in certain situations was well written.
My least favorite from Nersesian. I love his work, but this one just didn't work for me.
If you read only one book this week, read this one. Nersesian is highly underrated!
I don't even remember reading this, but it was in my book journal. Weird.
Pretty good. Never really felt for the main character. Better than dogrun.
Meet Jayne Jetson
Quirky characters, faced paced lifestyles. Fun read.
Henry Watts
I read this book, umm, but I don't remember it.
Aug 03, 2007 Christie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: beavers
Very good. I was pulling for the lesbians.
Kimberly Ihle
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Arthur Nersesian is the author of eight novels, including The Fuck-Up (Akashic, 1997 & MTV Books/Simon & Schuster, 1999), Chinese Takeout (HarperCollins), Manhattan Loverboy (Akashic), Suicide Casanova (Akashic), dogrun (MTV Books/Simon & Schuster), and Unlubricated (HarperCollins). He is also the author of East Village Tetralogy, a collection of four plays. He lives in New York City.

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