A many-layered story of fame, family and identity from a multi award-winning writer.
Life as one of Hollywood's most handsome, charismatic and critically-acclaimed movie stars seems like a glitzy fairytale to the people who orbit around Renn Ivins. But for his grown children, Anna and Will, their father's fame threatens to permeate every aspect of their lives. For Anna - a diligent medical student with a promising future ahead of her but not so promising romantic prospects - the exploits of her celebrity father are a source of embarrassment and, at best, bemusement. Her brother Will, on the other hand, is floundering in a quarter-life crisis. The only thing to outlast his directionless career and failed relationships is his trust fund, but while he and Anna may be happy to use their father's money, they're less happy to use his influence.
As the family, lovers and hangers-on of Renn Ivins struggle to forge their identities in the colossal shadow of his celebrity, Christine Sneed deftly unravels the secrets they tell each other and themselves. Little Known Facts is a multi-layered, deftly observed novel of the fallout of fame and fortune.
About the Author
Christine Sneed has a creative writing MFA from Indiana University and has lived in Chicago and Evanston, IL since 1998. Her story collection, Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, was named the Chicago Writer's Association Book of the Year, and has been chosen as the recipient of the John C. Zacharis Award. It was also longlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Best American Short Stories and PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, among others.
Sneed's wit, curiosity, empathy, and ability to divine the perfect detail propel this psychologically exquisite, superbly realized novel of intriguing, caricature-transcending characters and predicaments Booklist Goes beyond the tabloid headlines. Sneed effectively blurs the line between fact and fiction and brings each character to life Kirkus I grabbed Christine Sneed's novel Little Known Facts on my way out the door this weekend and ate it up. It's a great canny read: wry, observant, inventive in style, rich in character. Christine Sneed knows her Hollywood, but more than that, she knows her people Jess Walter, author of Beautiful Ruins and National Book Award finalist for The Zero The gravitational pull of fame in a celebrity-obsessed culture informs this smart, fresh debut novel about a family living in the shadow cast by its larger-than-life patriarch Bonnie Jo Campbell, National Book Award finalist for American Salvage
Published: 1st February 2013
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3 x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1