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The Opposite of Hollywood

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When Tosca Ring is seven years old, she abruptly goes on vacation from her home in New York City to Cuernavaca, Mexico with her parents and six siblings during an FBI investigation into her father's Mafia dealings. From there, she is catapulted into a nomadic life marked by secrecy and false identities. Her father's criminality continues, and the family continues to go on ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 1st 2015 by Whoa Nelly Press
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Margo Perin I love "The Glass Castle." Jeannette Walls is a wonderful writer and I found the story very moving. People have likened my novel to her memoir and I'd…moreI love "The Glass Castle." Jeannette Walls is a wonderful writer and I found the story very moving. People have likened my novel to her memoir and I'd be curious to know what you think after you've read it. Thanks for your interest!(less)
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Nahid Rachlin
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Opposite Of Hollywood, an autobiographic novel, is a riveting story of the multi-layered life of a family always on the move, to escape the risk surrounding them due to the father’s criminal acts. The family goes on “vacation,” often in the middle of the night, relocating from country to country. As the young protagonist of the novel lives through all the moves and deceptions and secrecies, she tries to discover her true identity. The writing is lyrical, the plot is gripping.
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Elaine
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Tolstoy wrote that every happy family is the same, but every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way -- he might have been writing about the family of Tosca Rung. In Margo Perin's poignant autobiographical novel, we hear the powerful voice of this bold little girl as she grows up in a family dominated by a father who is not only brutal to his seven children, but a crook of such enormous proportions that Tosca has moved (many times in the middle of the night) from New York, to Mexico, the Bahama ...more
Sarah Johns
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I received a copy of this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. I wasn't able to put it down once it arrived. I got sucked in to the story of the character Tosca, based on the author's own childhood. I laughed with her, got scared with her, cried with her, and struggled with the unknowns faced ahead. I'll give away no spoilers in this review, but this was a great read.

Looking forward to more by Margo Perin.
Gregory Lamb
Sep 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
An Honest Reflection

Some of the most interesting people are the product of upbringing and circumstance. The lives of people we've never met can be full of gripping stories, complete with the daily drama that unfolds in background. Ms. Perin's latest autobiographical novel is an honest and courageous presentation of a search for truth within one's own life. For me, the genre itself is interesting because it differs from a memoir in that the author chose not to claim the story as a 100% accurate p
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Julia-rose Kibben
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I’ve just finished The Opposite Of Hollywood. It’s 12:39 a.m., the earliest moments of my Thursday morning.

I’ll admit I was a little lost at the beginning of the book. In the virtuous perspective of the young Tosca, I was slightly unamused with the first “vacations,” as to me, they felt very play-pretend.

You must know that I put down my commitment, my thick, brick of a book — Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace — for this. I think it is understandable that my perception was all twisted when I
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Phyllis Meshulam
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Perin has a riveting story to tell and she does so with suspense and a sensory flair. As the family careens from one setting to another, from New York to Mexico to Nassau to Florida to Glasgow to London, each location comes vividly alive. She builds almost unbearable suspense as we wait for each of the children, especially Tosca, to discover a way to survive and escape their clueless parents. This is an important book for anyone who values a good story and the triumph of the human spirit. I part ...more
Diane
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Margo Perin’s new novel is the opposite of dull. If you enjoy razor sharp writing and psychological thrillers, this is for you. If you enjoy novels about multi-layered family relationships, stories of sibling rivalry and brutal, zany parenting, you’ll love this. If tales of runaways from the FBI tweak your interest, this is for you. Tosca and her brothers and sisters are named after operatic and showbiz characters. All gifted, and courageous in dealing with one shock after another, their story r ...more
Kamlapati Khalsa
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Compelling, beautiful, sad, triumphant. Lovely writing, full, believable characters. Thank you Margo for sharing your stories with us
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